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I am the bridge between what is and what can be. What am I?


“I am the bridge between what is and what can be. What am I?”

05.05.2023- 04.07.2023

Küratörler: Y. Melike Yürekli ve Ecem Naz Çakır


"I am the bridge between what is and what can be. What am I?" exhibition begins with its title, which is designed as a riddle to rediscover the curiosity and hope lost in the journey from childhood to adulthood.

Riddles are word games, logic puzzles or brain teasers that use images to find the answer. This riddle, the title of the exhibition, is designed to address the essence of human experience and draw us into a world of possibilities, curiosity and hope. With the selection of works from the Elgiz Collection, the exhibition is designed as an experience space where a series of visual and verbal riddles intertwine, focusing on participation and supported by performances.

As children, we approach the world with boundless curiosity, asking questions, exploring our surroundings and imagining endless possibilities. As we grow up, we often focus on what is rather than what could be. While children see life as a kind of adventure like an exhibition, artworks contain a multi-layered nature similar to adulthood. The new layers of responsibility that come with growing up can cause us to lose touch with our sense of wonder and our ability to see the world with new eyes. Yet each layer has its own colours and experiences.

"I am the bridge between what is and what can be. What am I?", in essence, celebrates childhood and its courage to seek new ideas and explore new frontiers, while offering adults the space to experience how they can learn from childhood. The artworks in this exhibition have been selected as a reminder that the sense of wonder and discovery is still within us, waiting to be rediscovered. The journey that begins with Guillermo Mora's installation "Just Between You and Me" through a reflection of the bridge in the riddle, which is also the title of the exhibition, is a challenge to think creatively, explore new ideas and see the world differently.

It is easier than ever to feel powerless, alone and discouraged in the midst of multiple negative realities we experience, ranging from climate change to social injustice and much more. However, the works in this exhibition remind us that we all have the power to create a positive impact, starting with imagination. We have the power to work together for a more sustainable and equitable future, to realise our dreams without the need for perfection, and to embrace a childlike spirit of hope that will carry forward our collective capacity for resilience and renewal. As we celebrate the centenary of the Republic of Turkey, it is more important than ever to cling to hope and look towards a brighter future.

The viewer fiction of this exhibition at the Elgiz Museum deals with children and adults from two different perspectives. The series of riddles that permeate the space from the title of the exhibition are designed as clues for children, like breadcrumbs in a fairy tale, and as keys to new approaches to problems for adults. Beyond the paintings and sculptures, performances ranging from graffiti to interactive games make the viewer a part of the exhibition, while the joy of the human spirit, the power of discovery, curiosity and hope are opened to be experienced in a wide framework throughout the exhibition. The two young curators who curated the exhibition hope that this exhibition will inspire you to rediscover the limitless possibilities that lie before us and to remember the joy of curiosity.

The artists of the works in the selection are; Rahmi Aksungur, Mustafa Ata, Bashir Borlakov, Ramazan Can, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Stephan Dean, Yücel Dönmez, Nilbar Güreş, Mustafa Karyağdı, İbrahim Koç, Michael Lin, Guillermo Mora, Bahar Oganer, Ozan Oganer, Gül İclal Öner, Derya Özparlak, Abdurrahman Öztoprak, Marc Quinn, Bruno Peinado, Lisa Ruyter, Hande Şekerciler, Yurdanur Şentürk, Jack Vanarsky, Won Ju Lim, Yiğit Yazıcı, Pınar Yoldaş, Şenol Yorozlu

The artists invited to participate in the exhibition with new works are: Hilal Ç. Arapoğlu, Levent Ayata, Leo Lunatic and 14-year-old young artist Dora Özyurt





(Fotoğraf Kayhan Kaygusuz)

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