(Jan 11 – Feb 16) “Epochs” by Gazi Sansoy @ Anna Laudel Contemporary

Anna Laudel Contemporary will host a new solo exhibition entitled “Epochs” by Gazi Sansoy, between Thursday 11 January and Friday 16 February 2018.

From the organizer:

Anna​ ​Laudel​ ​Contemporary​ presents a solo exhibition by Gazi​ ​Sansoy​, that brings together
a selection of his thought-provoking paintings produced between 2008-2018.

Gazi​ ​Sansoy​ ​comes from an established family known for their involvement with political
satire during the late Ottoman Empire. Inspired by his satirist grandfathers, Sansoy created his unique critical painting approach and considered as one of the few sharp and witty satirists of his time with his multilayer works, criticising late Ottoman cultural heritage as well as West European civilisation and visual arts.

Opening on Thursday,​ ​January​ ​11​, Epochs​ will feature Sansoy’s works produced in the last
decade under 5 subtitles:

“Nude​ ​and​ ​Covered​ ​Up​ ​Tales​ ​/​ ​Arabex”​ ​includes the works of the artist produced between 2008-2010 that combine the photos taken by him or the images he saw in various media channels with his own painting techniques.

In “Who​ ​are​ ​we?”​, Sansoy blends contemporary human figures with Levni’s miniatures, the famous painter of the Tulip Era in Ottoman History and in “Faceless”​, inspired by post-Renaissance West European painting, the artist presents that tradition with a contemporary and fresh point of view. The artworks in these two sections are produced simultaneously between 2010-2015 and followed by “Divine​ ​Milk”​ and “Yesterday,​ ​Today,​ ​Tomorrow,​ ​Istanbul,​ ​Dervishes”​ ​series in which Sansoy makes references to his family history.

In addition to the political criticism embedded in his works, Sansoy remarkably stands out with his absurd interventions applied in traditional painting techniques, inviting the viewer to think and reconsider the classical history of art.

The exhibition will also feature a short video portrait of Gazi Sansoy, filmed by Balamir
Nazlıca​. Nazlıca is a photographer, video artist and composer, filming video portraits of
contemporary artists in their studios under the name of “Unconcealment”. Sansoy’s portrait will aim to see through the eyes of the artist and his mood in the moment of his artistic calling without any intervention. “Unconcealment” films of Nazlıca presents the poetic journey of the artists, unconcealing their artistic spirit.

Epochs​ ​will be held across three floors of exhibition space at Anna​ ​Laudel​ ​Contemporary​ in
Istanbul until 16​ ​February​ ​2018​.

For more information on the exhibition, check out the official website and social media accounts.

Tuesday – Saturday: 12:00 – 19:00 / Sunday: 12:00 – 18:00 / Closed Mondays

+90 (212) 243 32 57
+90 (505) 809 61 86

All images by the artist and courtesy of the gallery.

Address: Bankalar Caddesi 10 Karaköy, Beyoğlu 34421 İstanbul
Selcen Ciftlikci

Selcen is an avid globetrotter and Istanbul based editor. She has a BA in American Literature, an MA in Cultural Management and likes reading about travel, food, arts & cultures. Always on the look-out for her next adventure, Selcen’s dream is to keep exploring the world, pen, paper and camera in hand.


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