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A Finger for an Eye exhibition

Our new commissioned work "You Do Not Have To Follow The Instructions" will be shown by Protocinema at Poşe Artist Run Space, Istanbul during the exhibition A Finger for an Eye curated by Alper Turan.

Exhibition dates: February 25 – March 26, 2021 Location: Poşe Artist Run Space, Bereketzade, Hacı Ali Sk. No. 8 Daire 6, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Protocinema, in partnership with Poşe Artist Run Space, presents A Finger for an Eye, a group exhibition with Baha Görkem Yalım, Cansu Yıldıran, Dorian Sarı and Istanbul Queer Art Collective (Tuna Erdem & Seda Ergul), curated by Alper Turan within our Emerging Curator Series 2021. This exhibition responds to the ongoing violence materialized in the realm of the visual codes, symbols, and representations of queer existences in Turkey. Evolving out of the famed rainbow that has become a target, and with the understanding that “visuality separates the groups so classified as a means of the social organization”,[1] all of these artists innovate a visual language that is bold and invisible at the same time.

Selectively visible, A Finger for An Eye brings together new queer forms, images, and languages that evade high-surveillance, decipherment, and taxonomy technologies of the state while assuring queer positions. The multi-disciplinary practices and artistic visions of Baha Görkem Yalım (NL) and Dorian Sarı (CH) incorporate poetically- charged, minimalist approaches and abstracted queer forms. Istanbul Queer Art Collective (UK), whose performance works mainly render the queer body “aggressively visible”, on the other hand, will produce a new performance where body is abstracted and absent. Cansu Yıldıran (TR), who predominantly focuses on rendering invisible subjects visible through her photographic lens, obscures portraits and blurs the identities for the exhibition.

Without abandoning the imperatives of visibility politics, or suggesting a return to the ‘‘closet’’, instead proposing spy-like positions, which are undetectable but contagious, the exhibition brings together queer artists to “resist the dictates of transparency normally required of non-normative subjects by illuminating the unseen.”[2] Featuring artists who willfully adopts and appropriates the very practices as artistic strategies such as censor, erasure, or oppression that the state poses as challenges to queer visibility in the public realm while experimentating with abstraction, reduction, non-figuration and non-coloration, A Finger for An Eye takes the queer in camouflage by using the tools of the authority, to be present and deceive its sensors.

[1] Nicholas Mirzoeff. “The Right to Look,” Critical Inquiry 37, no. 3 (Spring 2011): 473-496; 476.

[2] Amin, Kadji, Amber Jamilla Musser, and Roy Pérez. "Queer Form: Aesthetics, Race, and the Violences of the Social." ASAP/Journal 2.2 (2017): 227-239.

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