Istanbul: Burcin Erdi’s latest exhibition „Anemoia“

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Gallery Labirent Sanat, Istanbul, from October 24 till November 30, 2019

Aslıhan Kaplan Bayrak, Burçin Erdi, Emre Celali, Hüseyin Aksoy and Soyhan Baltacı’s group exhibition consisting of their latest works on the concept and connotations of „Anemoia“.

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Burcin Erdi with curator Hande Özdilim.

The concept of anemoia defined as nostalgia for not experienced time; suggests a dissatisfaction, despair and non-belongingness felt about the present time. What is the impulse that drives us into the past and pulls us away from the moment we live? What key experience explains the source of this gap, which pauses us from time to time as we move forward in our adventure of existence?

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What could be the reason that disrupts the linearity of time as a straight line, its uniform reality and causes this mood? In Proust’s novel, „In Search of Lost Time“, the protagonist Marcel is startled by the impact of an instant experience that recalled from the depths of his consciousness by the smell and the flavour left on his cake that he dipped into a linden tea: „An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses, but individual, detached, with no suggestion of its origin. And at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory – this new sensation having had on me the effect which love has of filling me with a precious essence; or rather this essence was not in me, it was myself. I had ceased now to feel mediocre, accidental, mortal. Hence could it have come to me, this all-powerful joy? I was conscious that it was connected with the taste of tea and cake, but that it infinitely transcended those savours, could not, indeed, be of the same nature as theirs.“

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In Proust’s „In Search of Lost Time“, the crisis of time is experienced as the self-crisis, and the novel is an attempt to consolidate the identity of the self under threat of dissolution. In the face of the speed of the era we are in, with the lack of a basis to make our lives meaningful, we either hold onto the past or interrupt the moment we live by longing for the future. „Anemoia“- exhibition focuses on the results of the process of human body and consciousness which is now accelerated by the effect of modern technology and deprived of the earth, through the imaginations of past, present and future.

Hande Özdilim, Curator

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www.labirentsanat.com

About the Artist Burçin Erdi:

Graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2003, in the third rank by winning Sakıp Sabanc Special Art Prize. She holds a masters of fine arts degrees from the same university. She completed her dissertation program at Sevilla University, Spain, and lived in Spain for a while. She won several awards in the painting contests including DYO, T.R. Ministry of Forestry, 3rd Şefik Bursalı Painting Contest. Erdi took part in international/national exhibitions, fairs, biennales. Her works are now in the private and bank collections, museums and galleries. She continues to work at her studio in Istanbul, Tekirdağ and works as Assistant Professor at the Department of Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, at Namık Kemal University.

Burçin Erdi, Painter, Istanbul

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA„I like to watch movies. Normally I look at them in the night and I draw my inspiration from the moving pictures. Indeed, I like fantasy and science fiction movies.“

Burçin Erdi

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAfter more than 2 years I met Burçin Erdi again in Istanbul. I visited the painter in her studio at the Anatolian side of town. We had a drink together and she told me about her last exhibition in summer in Boston, USA. And that she got married to an Istanbul movie director. She seemed to be very happy. In a few months she is expecting her first child.

I saw her new impressive series of pictures. They are mostly made of dark colours. Burçin got inspired by the recent refugee tragedy which leaves Europe breathless.

„I cannot close my eyes when people are dying. Therefore I painted them. I combine them with Athletics, with sportsmen. I just saw many photos from extreme sportsmen. I looked in their faces and I recognized that they all have the same expression. The same as those from people who are dying in the war or between borders. When people are crossing borders they do have all the same expression in their faces.“KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

And Burçin focuses on those images: Dying faces.

Refering to her dark pictures she shows me one of her recent paintings with a group of people at night, all starring in their smartphones and laptops. „That’s my so called blue light“, she admits.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Further she refers to Caravaggio and to Rembrandt. „They all painted pictures in the shine of a candle. Dark pictures.“

Good Luck, Burçin, on your new series of paintings!

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