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DEEPBLUE
BACKYARD
DAYLIGHT
COUNTER
UNEXPECTED MOVEMENTS
BLACK SWAN EVENT
ABOVEGROUND
IN-FLUX
PASSING(CHAIN)
PASSING(SHOT-GUN)
FACING THE WALLS
WE ARE VOLUNTEERS
BREADZONE
UNTITLED 1
UNTITLED 2
PASSING
RED JUMP SUIT
IN THE NAME OF BREAD FOR THE SAKE OF LAND
STAIRWAY
THE BREAD DOOR
PASSAGE
DEAD OR ALIVE
UNTITLED
LIVING THE HIVES DOOR OPEN
RENDEZVOUS
IM-MIGRATION
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"DEAD OR ALIVE", 1999

Installation, mixed media; white cloth, moldy bread, label of bread
From the exhibition site, Bilkent University Art Department
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This work consists of moldy bread, label of bread and white texture that is especially used for covering the dead body. White texture and the forms that resemble to coffin are the elements that I used in a series of works. They can be viewed as objects that represent a process. In this work, I separated the moldy bread into forty colors and shaped each of groups of moldy bread in the form of a small coffin. Bread is fundamental for nutrition in many societies. Its process of production entails sun, earth, water, and air.
Forty different colored small coffins were placed on white texture in eight rows, each row having five coffins and starting with the lightest color and ending with the darkest one. These colors show a continuous process of change. In Islam, the number of forty is believed to refer to the forty day long duration of the dissolving of a body into soil or ground. The reason that I came with this idea is the result of the way I used to separate the bread into its colors because with the help of rolling pin I depleted or deformed the bread so much. On each coffin there was a bread label, a proof of its existence. Moldy bread installed on white texture in the form of a coffin seems to be a representation of death, but it is indeed a living organism that continuously transforms itself.