EXHIBITION

We Are What We Are Actually

EXHIBITION
We Are What We Are Actually

Ecem Naz Çakır

Born in 1998, Ecem Naz Çakır graduated from Ted Samsun College in 2015 with the "Academic Science Programme ". She was accepted to Yeditepe University Architecture Department in 2016 with a 100% Scholarship. During this period, she completed the "Architectural Imagination" training from Harvard University's online courses. During her university life, she took part in many fields besides architecture and art as a volunteer. She has actively worked with Bakırköy Rotaract Club in many social responsibility projects since 2019. She continues to serve as Club Secretary for the 2021-2022 period. She graduated from Yeditepe University, Department of Architecture in January 2021. She did a long-term internship at the architectural firm Teamfores between July and November 2021. Successfully completed the second "Contemporary Art and Curatorial" Seminar Program (January-July 2021), organized in collaboration with Open Dialogue Istanbul and Akbank Sanat. She continues to work in the field of curation and architecture.

We Are What We Are Actually

One of the most important elements that define us is our thoughts.

Our thoughts direct our reactions and actions. In other words, our thoughts form “us”. Environmental factors, family, friends, in short, everything we own come together to form our thinking mechanism. The thinking mechanism is a mechanism that can be trained and manipulated. Due to an event in our life, the things around us that are related to that event begin to attract our attention more and we talk about it as "selectivity in perception". 

Why do we choose these events from negative ones? Maybe it is related to people's survival instinct, maybe we have trained our thinking mechanism in this direction over time. There is no single correct answer to this question, nor does it have a single solution.

The concepts of dissatisfaction and unhappiness, which we can talk about in the period we are in, in the country and even in all the parameters of the human being, have taken over our thinking system. Even when talking to a man you don't know on the ferry, from your neighbor you are talking to in front of the door, conversations are usually based on the negative events in the environment or in the lives of the people. Because instinctively, the first things that attract our attention and that we think can be mutually shared are the events that negatively affect our lives. We have become a society that cannot get out of the cycle of dissatisfaction and unhappiness because its way of thinking is now programmed to detect negative events and spread them. While we can live a happier life, we continue to take happiness from each other's hands as a society. As soon as we realize that we are the only obstacle to our own happiness. In fact, the "what" in all of us will begin to undergo a change and the cycle will break over time and evolve into a healthier cycle.

We Are What We Are Actually, it is an exhibition that aims to understand this mechanism and its shortcomings by keeping a mirror to our way of thinking, and to be the beginning of a transformation that creates happier human beings by approaching positive and negative events in life more consciously, individually and socially.This exhibition is shaped around the concepts of negative and positive, the audience is confronted with the work of art from two different perspectives. In this exhibition, which deals with the relationship between the thinking mechanism and dissatisfaction and adopts an intellectually interactive approach, people are left to question within themselves.

Artists & Works

Ayça Telgeren

Vague

2019

Concrete 37 x 45 x 12 cm

Ed 3+2 AP

Ayça Telgeren

First Day of Spring

2020

Concrete 60 x 60 x 65 cm

Ed 3+2 AP

Barış Cihanoğlu

Kod 1

R .50 cm.

wood on canvas. 2013

Barış Cihanoğlu

White collar

100 x 80 cm.

Oil on canvas. 2013

Barış Cihanoğlu

the good, bad, and the ugly

R: 30 cm. 2013.

Sevil Alkan

Arada

30 x 30 cm

2018

Sevil Alkan

Baloon Man

20 x 30 cm

2018

Trudy Elmore

2020

animation 3D software, 9’41’’, ed.3.,2020



Yusuf Sevinçli

Good Dog 022

2008

Pigment Print 12x18 cm | 30x40cm

Ed. 5+1 AP

Berkay Tuncay

Poems From Relaxation Videos

variable dimensions,foil print,2018

Photo: CHROMA

Elif Uras

Kapital

Kapital,2009

Oil on canvas, 259 x 183cm

Photo: Barış Özçetin

Elif Uras

Boom and Bust

2011

Oil on canvas

299 x 183 cm

Elif Uras

Paradox of Choice

2011

Pencil,gouache and marker on paper

100 x 80 cm



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