Magazine article Artforum International

Inci Eviner

Magazine article Artforum International

Inci Eviner

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GALERI NEV ISTANBUL

Suspended existence has been a recurring theme for Turkish artist inci Eviner, and her 2012 video Nursing Modern Fall continues to convey this condition both in content and form. This single-wall projection presents a scene that resembles both Escher's labyrinths and Bruegel's town scenes in a three-minute loop, a filmic assemblage combining drawing and live action in which various figures perform repetitive gestures as if in broken images from a collective memory. Eviner's drawings of humans in odd postures and fragmentary renderings of imaginary/real spaces superimposed by video techniques are uncannily familiar and communicate a sense of displacement. The spaces seem strange and the humans uncomfortable in this fabricated world.

In previous video works such as Harem, 2009, and Parliament, 2010, Eviner employed illustrations of the Topkapi Palace Harem and the European Parliament, and with similar techniques formed a stage by populating these settings with figures engaged in seemingly normal but potentially disruptive acts to create narratives entirely different from those we might imagine appropriate for such buildings. This mismatch of components is both the content and the form Eviner uses not only to show the tension between the irrational and the desirable but also to question the position of the outsider, the misfit in these man-made schemes. Buildings of this nature are architectural manifestations of power but become stagnant in Eviner's remakes, as they are challenged by the subversive presence of the odd characters she creates.

Such figures reappear in Nursing Modern Fall, but this time, the ground they are dangling on is also suspended; it moves. In this video--commissioned by Marseille-Provence 2013, Capitale Europeenne de la Culture, for the exhibition "Ici, Ailleurs" (Here, Elsewhere) at La Friche Belle de Mai art center in Marseille--there is not one but a conglomeration of places that together form a hybrid construction site, a working space synthesized from architectural renderings of the Pratt & Whitney aircraft-engine factory in East Hartford, Connecticut (built by Albert Kahn Associates in 1941), drawings of interiors by Andrea Palladio, and Auguste Perret's plan for Theatre des Champs-Elysees, among others. …

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