This solo exhibition brings together new works CANAN produced especially for this exhibition along with a number of earlier works, some of which are being shown for the first time ever. Unfolding across Arter’s three gallery floors, “Behind Mount Qaf” constitutes a comprehensive overview of the artist’s practice.
The exhibition is named after the legendary Mount Qaf of Arabic and Persian cosmology and includes works produced in various media, such as sculpture, photography, print, embroidery, video, installation, and miniature. "Behind Mount Qaf" proposes a reading of the artist's practice through the themes of Heaven, Purgatory and Hell. CANAN's new works focus on dualisms such as light/shadow, good/bad, internal/external, reality/imaginary, lightness/darkness, and tackle the repressed aspects of the human psyche in the form of supernatural creatures, the jinn and archetypical figures, culminating in a multidimensional, mystical, symbolic, and rather enticing universe.
The book that accompanies the exhibition includes Nazlı Gürlek's curatorial introduction and new commissioned essays by Kathy Battista, Tuğba Taş and Derya Yücel, all of which addressing the artist's practice from different perspectives.
Guided exhibition tours will be organised at regular intervals throughout the duration of CANAN's exhibition "Behind Mount Qaf". Viewers will also have the opportunity to receive detailed information about CANAN's works using the audio guides available free of charge.