EXHIBITION

Guest

EXHIBITION
Guest

Oya Aşan Yüksel

Born in 1981 in Ankara. Completed primary, secondary and high school education in Eskişehir. Graduated from Anadolu University Fine Arts Faculty Ceramics Department in 2005. Graduated master's degree in Dokuz Eylul University Fine Arts Faculty Ceramic and Glass Design Department in 2011 and PHD in art education in 2014 at the same university. In 2010, studied art and design at Nottingham Trent University for six months with Erasmus exchange program. Since 2014 studing as an academician in the Department of Ceramics, Faculty of Fine Arts, Kütahya Dumlupınar University.

Guest

Each individual has taken on the role of Guest, even for a short or long term. So what is this hospitality?

The guest is a concept that Derrida discusses in detail in his book Of Hospitality, shaping and transforming the issue with different questions. While Derrida first evaluates the word "Guest" through its meanings in different languages, he also associates it with words with similar origins such as foreign, hospitality, invitation.

First of all, we can evaluate the concept of guest over the meanings we use in Turkish. When the word guest is evaluated in the primary sense; A person who comes to a place or someone's house for a short stay is defined as a guest. However, the concept of Guest, with its broad meaning, includes everything we express as me and us. The analysis of meaning, which Derrida also deals with in this context, transforms the concept of guest into a multi-layered phenomenon that includes historical, political, psychological, sociological, economic and ethical concepts.

In fact, hospitality covers a wide area as a cultural phenomenon rather than a personal practice. Hospitality is a role offered to individuals, a set of attitudes and codes of conduct for cultures. Being a guest includes different experiences-stories from the window of the host-host and guest. While the "home-host and guest" relationship that we mentioned forms the basis of the exhibition in the light of all these details, this experience makes a reference to the contemporary today. With the demarcation of borders on the international platform, some are called citizens and some are guests; that is, the “immigration issue”… This issue has come to the fore again these days with the effects of the war in Afghanistan. The fact that thousands of Afghans took action to go to different countries has established a tight bond with the state of being a guest. This situation; In line with the different perspectives of society and current governments, he frequently questions the question of the guest's search for identity and where he belongs.

“Since exceeding the threshold is always a violation for the guest as well as for the visitor, and if it should remain a violation, what does this extra step and violation mean?” (Dufourmantella, 2020, p. 67)

Jacques Derrida speaks of a threshold in this search for identity and belonging, and questions whether the experience of being a guest is an attack or an absolute togetherness through the state of being the limit of this threshold. Different "guests" of being together in the same place, in different roles... This situation has almost complicated the roles of being a guest and a host. The phenomenon of being a guest has become a border crossing experience for both the guest and the host. Because the guest is trying to find a place of culture, civilization and trust in different spatial configurations such as home/dormitory/geography. This situation tells us the story of both acceptance and rejection.

While the concept of guest draws attention to the questioning of borders with its broad meaning, it is not only limited to country and place borders or border violations, but also covers legal-moral and personal facts. This wide area of power in the representation of the concept of guest makes the clear distinction between host and guest increasingly difficult.

Different perspectives on being a guest have turned into a border crossing experience questioned by both the host and the guest. Where is the threshold between host and guest in this experience? Is being a guest an attack or an absolute draw? frequently asked questions.

This exhibition, which is built on the concept of the guest, evaluates this concept with its visible and invisible aspects by questioning who the guest is / is not, what kind of social reality he / she has, what / who it covers, where its borders are, and it is an experience that questions the state of being a guest. forms the area.

Artists & Works

Ana Cvorovic

Butterfly Bolt

2015

Wooden cabinets, oil paint, bed sheets, pillow cases, pillow, child mattress, metal clamps, bolts, threaded rods, wingnuts.

Dimensions variable



Borga Kantürk

Seat Marks

2018

6 pieces of photography

Dimension variable



Danijela Pivasevic Tenner

Do You Know, What’s Behind?

2018

Found objects and raw clay.

Dimensions variable



Gözde İlkin

Outer voice: We crossed the bridge for the first time just like this, paint and stitching on bedding.

2011

Paint And Stitching On Bedding

139x98 cm 

İsmail Saray

Untitled (Half Cleaned Window Pane)

1970

Photograph

Dimensions variable



Özge Yağcı

Double Absence

2017

Ceramic Clay, Angobe, Wood and Acrylic

45x45x82 cm



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