Artificial Hells

10 Sep 2017 – 14 Oct 2017

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Tuesday - Saturday 11am-9pm

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Istanbul, Turkey


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This solo exhibition by Kemal Ozen, looks for answers regarding how we protect and position ourselves in this world, which we turned into a hell while trying to exist as individuals.


The artist states the following about the exhibition: “The images distributed on canvas, paper or workspace as if in a mood of dancing in clubs with remixes of melancholic songs in our daily life that has become a parody can only represent a few pieces of loads that include fun, melancholy, violence, love, memories and are accumulated in our throat. The renunciation of this world, the by-passing of boundaries between life and death, the gradually disappearing hope that is embodied in the future, the brain's effort to reflexively hold on to life, and on the other hand, today's human being interwoven with the’urge of death’ as the soul's rebellion to this; all of these I engrave onto the surface again by passing them through a dark filter.” In his works, Özen attempts to render visible on the surface all together the artificial hells created by the civilization. In the exhibition, through the media he uses, the artist tries to reflect the events he witnesses, reads and hears about, the tragedies intertwined with the dark events taking place in the social layers of the geography he lives in, and the answers to the fact that one makes this world a hard place to live.

 “On our planet, where absolute happiness has never existed, I try to remind ourselves of ourselves once again through painting by means of blending tragicomic situations with the horrible events that we have normalized.”

Kemal Ozen

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Kemal Ozen


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