By Laman Ismayilova
YARAT Contemporary Art Space has opened a new group exhibition,
titled 'In a Multiple-Perspective', Azernews reports, citing
The exhibition includes newly commissioned as well as recent
works of art by 17 artists: Setenay Alpsoy, Selçuk Artut, Vahap
Avşar, Osman Bozkurt, Ipek Duben, Işıl Eğrikavuk and Jozef E.
Amado, Nezaket Ekici, Cevdet Erek, Ahmet Rüstem Ekici and Hakan
Sorar, Özlem Günyol and Mustafa Kunt, Hakan Gürsoytrak, Ali Kazma,
Serhat Kiraz, and Seyhun Topuz.
The founder of the YARAT Contemporary Art Space, famous artist
Aida Mahmudova, as well as well-known public and cultural figures,
attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition.
Farah Alakbarli, chief curator of the YARAT Contemporary Art
Space, stressed that most of the artworks exhibited at the
exhibition were created by Turkish artists in Azerbaijan.
'YARAT strategy supports artists not only in our country but
also abroad. Our priority is also to support regional artists.
Turkey is a brotherly country, very close to us, it was an
important step for us to organize a large group exhibition of
artworks by Turkish artists. The main idea of the exhibition lies
in the fact that different geographical, political, social, and
other issues are considered from different angles, visions, and
attitudes. An important point of the project is that most of the
artworks were created in Azerbaijan. During the visit, the artists
were inspired by the landscapes, history, and culture of our
country. For example, in the works of art by Nezaket Ekici,
representing the performance, or the joint project of Ahmet Rustem
Ekici and Hakan Sorar 'Theatrum Mundi', one can see parallels
associated with Gobustan,' said Alakbarli.
The exhibition curator, art historian Firat Arapoglu, noted that
the work on the exposition 'Multiple-Perspective' lasted about a
year and a half.
'In Multiperspective'' is a group exhibition that includes 14
art projects of 17 Turkish artists. The name of the exhibition
comes from the fact that the artists consider perspective as a
metaphorical, multidimensional system. As you know, various spatial
systems of representation are used in art. Throughout their
artworks, they highlight various topics, revealing, analyzing them
with the help of spatial and perspective vision,' said Arapoglu,
adding that the projects presented were created in various areas of
art - painting, photography, video, installation, sculpture, and
Notably, the exhibition includes art pieces by artists of
different generations both old and young. For example, the oldest
artist participating in the exhibition is Ipek Duben, who is 81
Speaking at the official opening, YARAT Contemporary Art Space
Chief Curator Farah Alakbarli and exhibition curator Firat Arapoglu
said that the exhibition explores material and geographical
multi-angle forms that are closely intertwined with human
Then the guests of the event got acquainted with the
In a Multiple-Perspective
What does it mean to look vertically at the rapidly urbanizing
world today? How can the verticality of the earth be understood?
Until recently, the horizontal perspective dominated our world
knowledge, so geography was visualized on flat maps. The concept of
geopolitics refers to the traditional nation-state organized on
maps and globes.
The linear perspective was necessary for formulating modern
nation-states and the geographical and geopolitical sciences.
Geography and geopolitics explained how states fought for regional
power and territory in a horizontal worldview. Such a perspective
ignores the three-dimensionality of the world. Whereas there are
discussions about this in art, architecture, and geology, a linear
perspective still dominates the conversation.
British geographer Doreen Massey wrote in 1994 that 'borders do
not define places on a map'. Instead, 'they are moments articulated
in social relations and understanding networks'. Most of these
relationships in our age go through small places. The exhibition
'In a Multiple-Perspective' is an excellent example of their
interconnected relationships worldwide and their vertically
organized relationships to such points. The art project will
explore material and geographical multiperspective forms that
strongly overlap with the human experience. Vertical and other
spatial metaphors work to construct and recreate sociability; the
vertical derives directly from the physical experience of social
life and actively influences how people perceive and shape the
social and political world.
Conceptually, the exhibition suggests that the political,
social, and urban struggles of our rapidly urbanizing world can
only be understood through such a multidimensional and critical
The exhibition uses vertical metaphors to describe, experience,
and analyze all events, environments, and worlds and problematize
how this happens. When we achieve this, it will enable us to“see
the world again” by developing our own critical, vertical, and
indeed entirely voluminous views of city, politics, life, and
These various aspects and the tensions between them will also be
further addressed in an extensive public program of film
screenings, panel discussions, and lectures.
The exhibition will last until April 30, 2023.
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