STATEMENT

What is “seeing”? No one must be able to explain everything about what happens in front of us, in the current uncertainty of the world with extremism, polarization, and isolation. Discoveries vary greatly from viewer to viewer, depending on their social, cultural, racial, religious, linguistic, and gendered backgrounds and experiences, as well as their frame of mind, emotions, and beliefs in that instant. We seek out symbols and meaning in the things so as to recognize, comprehend, and make them visible before the things insecure our comfortable territory. It is inevitable that we add known information to them to avoid leaving them unknown. That is, we constantly interpret the things in the present by the past evoked as memories in the broad sense. So what do we need when we are confronted with something that is not understandable, hard to accept, unable to reflect our knowledge? It should be imagination.

Using time-based media -film, video, photography, and sound- I make the viewer’s cognition to be temporarily disrupted in order not to interpret with their own stereotype of mind. Setting up irrational, nonfunctional, unproductive, and purposeless actions or mixing up elements that are completely far or different from each other, my works attempt at making viewers blind and urge them to ‘see’ in this state with imagination. To do this, a work doesn’t necessarily have to be seen, maybe doesn’t even need to be present in front of us. “Seeing” is an attitude situated on the vague border between the appearance of things and our act of attaching meaning to them. In other words, “seeing” is an act of re, re, re… re-interpretation, of having imagination, and of constantly providing diverse perspectives for what we are confronted with.

In my works, things and seeing are one and the same.

May 2021