The artist Ani Çelik Arevyan describes her exhibition as follows: “Olduğu Gibi” (closest translated as “The Way Things are“) is a collection of memories resembling a corpus, where we unconsciously record moments and images we come across every day, whose equivalents I found at various places and at other times, and which I have produced new stories for.
For nearly thirty years, the artist has taken photographs in different parts of the world, regardless of their historical, temporal and spatial dimensions, which she sometimes discovered in the transitions between light and sometimes form. Now she brings these together for the audience at the Galata Greek Primary School.
Since the artist defines the process of creating her work as making more photographs rather than taking more, she creates a series of bilateral stories by associating the moments, images, and formats – she unconsciously recorded – with each other in her mind. As these images are depicted as speculative film scenes, they resemble an open-ended film strip that looks like a bunch of images shining in the mind. The abundance of images reminds the viewer of human beings in the form of pixels in the universe, where each of the two images is transformed into the pixelated parts of a conceptual whole.
Curated by Haldun Dostoğlu, the exhibition was realized with the contributions of the architect Nevzat Sayın. It is on display at the Galata Greek Primary School until 30 September 2018.