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Women in Love

2013, 15′ 22”
Single projection, 16:9 ratio, original language turkish, english subtitles
PREMIÈRE at LOOP 2013
Ferhat Özgür is a poetic chronicler of his surroundings and one of the most fascinating contemporary Turkish artists. Most of his incredible works emerge from the historically important melting pot of his home country, where different cultures and religions converge. He is a master of subtle nuances and of complex searches for clues. Furthermore, he is skilled at humorously and profoundly positioning his works in between the tensions of tradition and modern times: some are spontaneous observations, some cinematically composed pieces.

His work shown in Barcelona, Women in Love, belongs to the first category. Three grown and experienced Turkish women talk about their deceased husbands in front of the camera. They also recount intimate details of their sexuality, talk about alcohol abuse or domestic violence. Even though the women don’t seem to remember any happy moments, the “main character” is –despite all the sufferings- still madly in love with her husband. She is collecting keepsakes and memorabilia of him –and even dedicates a little dance performance to her late husband. The well-positioned steps orchestrate the conversation and enable a direct, almost voyeuristic but still tender access to a Turkish living room. Once again, Ferhat Özgür manages to register the big topic of death and love in a video essay. With Women in Love he creates an ambivalent metaphor of reality and idealization.

 

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Ferhat Özgür

Ferhat Özgür (1965) grew up in Ankara and now lives and works in Istanbul, where he teaches at the Istanbul Kultur University. Özgür’s work has been presented at numerous institutions, biennials and art festivals all over the world, including the 6th Berlin Biennial; 10th International Istanbul Biennial; 1st Tirana Biennial; 3rd Örebro Open Art Biennial; 1st Mardin Biennial; 1st & 3rd Sinopale; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; MUMOK, Vienna; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Ludwig Forum, Aachen; Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh; the Kunsthalle Winterthur; Magazin4, Bregenz; Casino Luxembourg –Forum d’art contemporain; Zone Contemporaine, Bern and MoMA PS1, New York.

 

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Bernhard Bischoff & Partner

The gallery’s program is based on a great variety of contemporary art. The gallery shows paintings, drawings, sculptures as well as installations, video art, photography and new media. www.videokunst.ch aims to establish itself as a centre of excellence for video art. The website intends to become an archive of motion pictures and a platform, on which video art can be presented to a wide audience.

 

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