Personal, And It Is Not Daire hosts a group exhibition of its represented artists Ali İbrahim Öcal, Çağrı Saray, Esra Carus, Funda Alkan, Gül Ilgaz, Ragıp Basmazölmez, Sibel Horada and Zeynep Bingöl Çiftçi titled “Personal, and It Is Not”, between 14 September – 8 October 2011.
In today’s world what is personal can not stay completely private while society and culture affect one’s perception and conditions either directly or indirectly. Artists reflect this equivocacy by the act of exhibiting what is personal. Since reclusiveness is against our social nature, being entagled in a web of public regulations that administer the rules of living together is a resigned fact that most of us don’t even question any longer. For the artist who questions personal or societal dilemmas through his/her artistic production, what is personal is never completely detached from what is societal as well. The viewers’ gaze furthermore shapes and adds layers to the meaning of the art work. As a result, the work of the artist that contain both personal and societal properties, is transformed into an exposition of the intimate while taking the personal to the public level.
The group exhibition of Daire artists concurrent to the 12th Istanbul Biennal is referrent to the Bienal’s theme which inquires into the possibility of uniting content with aesthetic forms in art. The works in the exhibition point to the impossiblity and unnecessity to make a distinction between conceptual and aesthetic forms of art since all is societal. As a result, it is underlined that aesthetic values are also mostly determined by, rather than being independent of, social values. In this respect the artists, with the act of exhibiting what is personal and intimate in a public space such as the gallery, reinterpret these distinctions each from his/her own perspective.
“Personal, And It Is Not” could be viewed at Daire Gallery between14 September- 8 October 2011.