We were always spectators...


8 January 2011 – 27 February 2011 – DEPO Istanbul

We were always spectators, we always scrambled for the tickets to become spectators, now there are more ‘things’ to see and tickets are never sold out…

DEPO hosts Vahit Tuna’s second solo exhibition. The project is built upon themes, ‘unfinished’ matters that continued to preoccupy the artist after his solo exhibition titled “Egzersiz” [Exercise] at Hafriyat two years ago. Tuna traces moments of resemblance and differentiation that are being experienced between subjects in regard to their exposure to the dynamics of omnipotent spectacle. He concentrates on the transitivity between the singular view of the individual and the collectivity of the majority. Like when the spectators at a football game focus on the ball rather than the star striker who rushes into the penalty area, when they relate to the object in an identical manner even though they sit in different places at the stands… Or like hundreds of people holding the same flag at a large demonstration immersing into an emotional equality…

Tuna carries over subheadings he used in “Egzersiz” like ‘disinformation,’ ‘mass disinformation’ and ‘power apparatus’ to his second exhibition as basic problematics; he embarks on questioning the roles assigned to us by constructed reality and measuring up robes/costumes that we are all supposed to wear. In addition to the works spread around the DEPO annex building the bust/installation which will welcome viewers in the courtyard leading to the entrance of the space will be also available for viewing during the days and hours DEPO is closed.

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