Art Center Istanbul
Feridiye Cad. 23-25, Taksim, 34437, Istanbul Turkey
T: (+90) 212 297 31 15-20-21
Art Center is pleased to present Two Worlds, the first solo
exhibition by collaborative duo Maslen & Mehra in Istanbul.
Two Worlds showcases selected works from the Mirrored and Native
an age of digital photography and new technologies, Maslen &
Mehra, find themselves immersed in non-digital photographic
techniques. For the Native and Mirrored series they create temporary
interventions in natural and urban landscapes, which are then
captured with a medium format film camera. The imagery from
both these series suggests a place where we can have our cake
and eat it too. A paradise where we strive to co-habit with
the flora and fauna of our planet and a place where we can live
in our urban realities but somehow still remain connected to
the Mirrored series, Maslen & Mehra appropriate imagery
of urban people, whose silhouettes are then made into mirrored
sculptures. By placing them into more natural landscapes and
photographing them in this new context, Maslen & Mehra create
unusual imagery. The result of these juxtapositions raises issues
of human existence and alludes to the impermanence and fragility
the Native series, Maslen & Mehra research fauna that is,
or once was indigenous to the country in which they are photographed.
Then, by posing mirrored sculptures of these animals in an urban
environment, they in turn often reflect the man-made structures
around them. The series includes images made in London, New
York, Berlin, Paris, Rome and soon Istanbul.
behind both the Native images, and the images of the Mirrored
series that are their antonym, lies a longing for an Edenic
world that perhaps never truly existed in fact. I think it is
part of the fascination of these works that they both preach
a certain kind of morality, a morality of respect for nature,
and at the same time question it. You can inhabit these scenes,
but only as a ghost. The problems they pose are ultimately insoluble
- there are no slick solutions to be found here." Edward
Maslen and (Jennifer) Mehra currently live and work in London.
They have been the subject of several solo exhibitions and participated
in numerous group shows. Further solo exhibitions in 2008 include
Shadow Lands, at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York (17/01/08
- 23/02/08), Maslen & Mehra, at MK Contemporary in the UK
(12/01/08 - 02/03/08) and a two-person exhibition at First Gallery
Via Margutta Rome.
Art Center is founded by Turkish artist-writer and political
activist Bedri Baykam in the heart of Istanbul, Taksim Square
and functions as a democratic arena for emerging artists as
well as established, from all over the world since 2006.
Indicates quote taken from catalogue essay published by MK Contemporary