One Exhibition, Two Monologues Selim Çınar & Begüm Manav May 16th – June 15th 2019
Born in 1988 in Sakarya, Selim Çınar graduated from Abant İzzet Baysal University Art Teaching department in 2010 and went on to complete his Master’s Degree in Uşak University Ceramics department. In addition to his academic career, he has held three solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions both in Turkey and abroad.
The motto “Express yourself bravely, without fear” lies in the heart of Selim Çınar’s artistic practice. He draws inspiration from philosophy, psychology and geographical elements. Inspired by Carl Jung’s “persona”, Çınar purifies the outer layers of the individual and of the universe, exposing what is waiting to be discovered underneath. With the use of the wax emulsion and relief techniques, Selim Çınar refers to the multiple layers of the human mind and of the Earth.
Born in 1992 in Balıkesir, Begüm Manav received her undergraduate diploma from Anadolu University Ceramics department in 2017. While she continues her graduate education at the same university, she has participated in many group exhibitions at various galleries such as Terakki Vakfı Art Gallery, Bisanthe Art Gallery and Unicera Art Fair.
The characters produced by Begüm Manav are heroes of fairy tales written by the artist herself and they emerge as identities that do not belong to the world in which we live. Although these characters have humanoid features such as hands, feet, and face, their ambiguous anatomies point to a certain randomness rather than a mathematical order. Manav aims to make the fairy tale heroes not only adorable creatures but also annoying or even scary figures, and thus to leave the audience with a sense of sympathy and fear due to the duality that is created within the sculptures. The sculptures created with porcelain, the preferred method of the artist due to its light color and purified texture, bring together pure good and pure evil in one body.
Coming together in an anti-dialogue that is “One Exibition, Two Monologues”, two young artists invite the viewer to leave the known reality behind the gates of the gallery, explore the unknown layers of man and the world, and open the door to a new experience full of characters from a different world.