September 1 – September 23 2012

Is it really possible to heal people internally through art? Or has art, which has been shaped by many different forces throughout the centuries, lost this function today entirely?

Aristotle mentions in the Poetics that tragedy is a means for purifying people of internal malice. According to him, the mission of tragedy, and therefore art, is to free people from their passions and sorrows with feelings of pity and fear. Following the imitation or depiction of possible sequences of events, people go back to their own lives and experience a mental and emotional healing. Artistic creation is, in fact, a tool of purification both for the artist and for the viewers.

It is possible to observe in the visual arts that, from depictions based on narration and education to the modernist era where “representation” became the key problem, art split from its function of healing gradually and turned toward its inner dynamics. We encounter these different tendencies, which essentially reflect the philosophical and scientific transformations of societies, as the examples of contemporary art where knowledge is shared through signs. Contemporary art, in which the boundaries of physical reality and fictional reality are blurred and where inquisition and delusion, rather than healing, come to the fore, stand before us as a reflection of the universe that we live in and all its dilemmas.

Contributing artists Sena Başöz-Nora Krahl, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Hacer Kıroğlu and Candaş Şişman focus on the healing function of art while questioning how artistic production has been transformed in the age of simulation and what kinds of effects these transformations have had in the perception of the viewer. In this exhibition there will not be any texts discussing individual artworks. Instead, visitors will be invited to write their own notes.