For LISTE 2018, Green Art Gallery presents a dialogue between 2 artists within the same generation Hera Büyüktaşçıyan (b. 1984, Istanbul, Turkey) and Maryam Hoseini (b.1988, Tehran, Iran). Using different media in their work, both artists consider themselves as “storytellers”, weaving together various histories with contemporary concerns.
Much of Büyüktaşçıyan’s work is defined by an architectural and anthropological approach, and she often favours sitespecific installations inspired by the memories found within a place. She examines the way in which virtual spaces operate in relation to the physical, and how fragments of time and memory can be unearthed, restructured and woven together to bring to life a forgotten aspect of time and history. As ever, she also touches on larger issues of geopolitics, culture and ongoing change.
Büyüktaşçıyan also probes how memories of a space are shaped by waves of power throughout centuries. She brings together people, geographies and timelines in history to link themes of power, production, labour, destruction and invisibility, all through the dual entities of marble and water – two elements that, for the artist, are beyond time.
Maryam Hoseini captures empty historical echoes as bodies walk among the literal and figurative, the visible and invisible ruins of objects and architectures. Reflecting on her experiences of Iran and its homosocial atmosphere, where women may only socialize with their own gender, Hoseini rethinks and restages these scenes in her work, in which only women are depicted. In the context of the censored female figure, Hoseini presents her subjects as nude, cast simultaneously as unrealistically flattened diagrams of the human body, and hyperrealistic disembodied limbs covered in hair.