The series emphasizes how contractionary, disconnected and imprisoned our daily lives are; despite they have been grounded on idealist vision of modernism at first place. ‘Cubby Hole’ transforms insisted modern big city life paths into sophisticated and multilayered images.
We get off the house; take air-conditioned cars; pass to offices in plazas; spend our time in shopping malls to be entertained or socialize. This vortex that we cannot escape and drift from one cube to another, is actually a fiction created by capitalism and modernism to control us. How this life style, that we already accepted its rules, is against to our nature is the point that is highlighted in the series of ‘Cubby Hole’. As Kurt Vonnegut says, “I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around; and don’t let anybody tell you different’.
Sergen Şehitoğlu traces world’s isolated individuals, where people break off other people and nature, via his photography in the series of ‘Cubby Hole’. Without any digital manipulation, the artist locks the imprisoned individual again and again with repeated horizontal and vertical lines in almost kaleidoscopic images.
Sergen Şehitoğlu: The artist, born in 1980 in Istanbul, graduated from Yıldız Technical University Mechanical Engineering Department. Şehitoğlu, who continues his MA education in Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty, Photography Department, had his first individual exhibition in İ.F.M. Leica Gallery. Later, his artworks have been exhibited by several galleries and fairs in Istanbul, Berlin, Brussel, Amsterdam, London, İzmir, Ankara, Bursa, Basel, Paris and Vienna. The artist, who is one of the founder members of GFİ – a photography iniative, published “0 dB” as his first photography book in 2013. Şehitoğlu works and lives in Istanbul.