Historical hammam hosts contemporary artworks
Muse Contemporary, an art foundation hosting exhibitions in different venues around Turkey, is showcasing South African artist Michael Singer's sculpture and installation Bennu Statis at the Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam/Turkish Bath. The exhibition is organized with the Culture and Tourism Ministry, South Africa's Ankara Embassy and the Fatih Municipality.
Bennu Stasis, which is a site-specific installation, consists of 13 large bird sculptures made from stainless steel.
The name of the exhibition, "Bennu Stasis: We Shall Meet Again in the Light," comes from the epic of creation. The legend says it is a must to divide into pieces, then come together, to suffer, to exist in the chaos and overcome all of these again, reborn and redo everything that we do in a wiser way. The works at the Turkish bath stand as a metaphor for all of these concepts as they create a wholeness for the spiritual existence of humanity.
Muse Contemporary founder and Project manager Ayşe Pınar Akalın said they have planned the exhibition for almost two years now. "We have overcome many obstacles during the planning as there was a long period of pandemic. We have always tried to do our best and what we believed the best," she said.
"The venue is important for us. Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam is a very suitable place when [we] consider its harmony with the main concept of the exhibition. Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam is 544 years old and it is one of the largest double hammams of Istanbul," said artist and architect Sinan Polvan, the curator of the exhibition.
Jake Michael Singer experiments with a broad range of disciplines from photography to works on paper and commands an exquisite mastery of sculpture. He uses stainless steel when creating his sculptures.