Erinç Seymen and Yaşam Şaşmazer are featured in the exhibition Suppose You Are Not, a selection from the Ömer Koç Collection (20/01/2024)

Curated by Selen Ansen, the exhibition Suppose You Are Not probes the ways in which the domestic context of a private collection can be transferred into a museum context. In doing so, it explores the possibilities of restaging and articulating the affinities created between distinct objects by means of a collector's desires and endeavors. 

Formed with works selected from the Ömer Koç Collection, the exhibition is concerned with finding worldly ways to rise upwards in the world where everything falls and keeps falling, and with providing possibilities to formulate infinitude where finitude is the rule. In this territory populated by objects of all sorts, the conglomeration of books, furniture, paintings, sculptures and photographs not only tells us of human pleasures, desires, aspirations and dreams of past lives; it also reflects the spirited viewpoint of the collector. Suppose You Are Not delves into the passionate striving to collect and preserve the traces of humanity, the good and the evil, the ephemeral gestures, states, allusions and movements ranging from the most sublime to the most mundane, from the most permanent to the most ephemeral, which manage to persist by being conveyed from the dead to the living. The exhibition is on view at Gallery 4 and Gallery 3 in Arter, between January 20 – December 29, 2024.

Artworks in the exhibition: Erinç Seymen, Miracle, 2004, Oil on canvas, 150 x 90 cm;
Yaşam Şaşmazer, Wolf Boy, 2010, Wood, 89 x 52 x 50 cm

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Image: Installation view from the exhibition; Photo: Orhan Cem Çetin