Turkey’s pioneer female artist’s art and life at Arter

Istanbul’s Arter pays tribute to a pioneer female contemporary artist. Füsun Onur’s first comprehensive exhibition continues in Arter until Aug 17 Füsun Onur is an artist who resists time. She likes to keep her past near her and lives with it, while reflecting it onto the present times. Her current exhibition at Arter, which is curated by Emre Baykal, proves her consistency about her past and her personal life. Onur is a contemporary artist, who has done many exhibitions and is considered a pioneer contemporary artist, at time in Turkey when no one understood her.  This is the first comprehensive solo exhibition by Onur.

The exhibition borrows its title from Lewis Carroll’s book “Through the Looking Glass.” This has an exclusive meaning for Baykal and Onur. “Through the Looking Glass” brings together more than 40 pieces, spanning from the artist’s early career to her most recent production.

The works at the exhibition maybe new and newly created, however, some of them were not newly imagined. For example, the large installation at the entrance of Arte, Onur had previously conceived of.

Baykal requested to turn it into a large installation. The work had been originally modelled in Styrofoam for a competition in 1972. This model was revisited and transformed into a labyrinth/space that surrounds the viewers and multiplies their image on its walls of mirror.

Baykal researched everything about Onur.”This was a challenge,” he said, because he spent most of his days and many hours with Onur and at her house to re-discover her art. The works in the exhibition cover an era of almost 50 years committed to uninterrupted research on the potentials of...

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