Alpin Arda Bağcık

Alpin Arda Bağcık's photorealist paintings take inspiration from defining moments in the history of the 20th century. His politically themed works are a critique of authority and a poignant comment on the delusion of power.

Bağcık titles his works after drugs that are prescribed to people suffering from various mental illnesses. His work considers the relationship between painting, photography and the archive through the remediation and exploration of history, memory and trauma. He examines the notion of reality that photography presents through his works of charcoal and oil on canvas. Through his paintings, Bağcık takes another look at the “reality” of the photographs of historic people and events that were transmitted to the public by the media.

Alpin Arda Bağcık (1988, İzmir, Turkey) graduated from the Painting Department at Dokuz Eylül University in 2007. He currently lives and works in Istanbul. His solo exhibitions and presentations include: Red Prescription (Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey, 2017) and Ambivalence (Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey, 2015). He has participated in various group exhibitions including Young Fresh Different 10: One Must Continue (curator: Burçak Bingöl, Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey, 2019), Motherland in Art (MOCAK, Krakow, Poland, 2018), Darağaç III (İzmir, Turkey, 2018), Remote Memory (curator: Yaren Akbal, Abud Efendi Konağı, Istanbul, Turkey, 2018), Rotary Art Competition (Proje 4L, Istanbul, Turkey 2015), Borders and Orbits (Siemens Sanat, Istanbul, 2013), Violence(?) (Contemporary Art Museum, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece, 2013), and Young Fresh Different-3 (Zilberman, Istanbul, 2012). His works are part of public and private collections, a.o., MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (Krakow, Poland), 21c Museum Hotels (Kentucky, The USA), OMM – Odunpazarı Modern Museum (Eskişehir, Turkey), Salsali Museum (Dubai, UAE) and PAPKO ART Collection (Istanbul, Turkey).

> CV
  - Recurrence 2
  - Unlock
  - Apocryphon
  - Apocrypha
  - Young Fresh Different 10: One Must Continue
  - Red Prescription
  - Ambivalence