Experiencing Interruptions?

Everyone and no one

Where no one can tell what is white and what is black, the light goes out, freedom becomes a voluntary captivity.
Albert Camus - The Rebel Man

Özgür Demirci produced the video work "Everybody and Nobody" at the end of 2020, as part of the group exhibition "Justice, Property, Fundamentals", which was exhibited online due to the pandemic at Corridor Project Space, established in Amsterdam. Similar to the negative effects of many professional groups due to the pandemic, the production practice of artists has also been hit. In this context, a video series emerged in which artists question justice. "Everyone and Nobody" produced by Demirci presents a selection of the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey.

The tablet on which this selection is written, melts with the liquid surface it comes into contact with, becomes illegible and gradually disappears. The thread-like existence of right and justice determines the focus of this study. The insecurity caused by the suspension of freedoms protected by laws and rights, which are inviolable elements, by various means, constitutes the building block of destruction. The dictionary explanation of the state of dissolution that substances reach by reacting with another substance is as follows; “The state of solid, liquid and gaseous substances dispersing in a solvent to form a single phase, overcoming the attractive forces that hold their molecules or atoms together”. (Yakıncı, 2014: 10) In Demirci's work, the rights and freedoms included in the constitution are disintegrated into parts by being representatively dissolved in injustice. The next stage of rapidly dissolving matter is the precipitation process. The matter, which does not disappear despite being disintegrated, begins to collapse towards the bottom. Where the gravitational force that holds the pieces together disappears, loneliness begins. In Demirci's work, the remainder of the Styrofoam tablets are the letters that oscillate dispersedly on the liquid surface and sink to the bottom, and the material in which the words were written, which a while ago formed meaningful wholes by the letters coming together.

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  • Özgür Demirci
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    Herkes ve hiç kimse
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    2 minutes 15 seconds
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    December 18, 2020
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    500 EUR
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Director Biography - Özgür Demirci

Born in Konya in 1982, the artist has received his undergraduate degree from Istanbul Yıldız Technical University’s interdisciplinary arts department and his MFA in C:Art:Media from Valand School of Fine Arts in Göteborg. He is working towards a practice-based PhD at the İzmir Dokuz Eylül University. The artist’s constructs personal and social events using various production means, anchored in the notion of memory. He works mostly in video, performance, objects, installations and site-specific works.
Among the exhibitions he has participated in are: 19th Media Art Biennale WRO 2021 REVERSO, Immersion, Istanbul Digital Art Festival, 9th International Video and Poetry Festival, Athens, Proyector, Madrid, “Pandora’s Black Box”, Galata Greek School (2019); “Trumbauer Family Collection”, Kasa Gallery (2017); “Survival Kit”, Space Debris & Cultural Transit Foundation, Russia (2017); 8th Makedox Film Festival, Macedonia (2017); 36th İstanbul Film Festival (2017); “En Masse: Books Orchestrated”, The Center for Book Arts, USA (2017); Un Coup de Dés Jamais N'Abolira Le Hasard, Pilot Gallery (2016); “PAS”, Galeri Miza, Albenia (2016); Kassel Dokfest, Kasseler Kunstverein, Germany (2015); “Dedicated”, Öktem&Aykut Galeri (2015); “Stay With Me”, Weserburg Müzesi, Germany (2014); Migrating University of Mickiewicz, Adam Mickiewicz Müzesi (2014); “Check Point”, Depo (2013); “Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Boats”, SALT (2011). He is a member of the Izmir Cultural Platform Initiative (IKPG) and he is one of the founders of the independent art initiative Monitor. Demirci living and working in İzmir.

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