For this exhibition, Aslı Çavuşoğlu produced copies of a selection of 71 study pieces. While producing the copies, she used original materials such as wood, bronze, glass, iron, mosaic or ceramic. The artist then completed these pieces into new “wholes”, reconstructing them with a diverse range of materials including ceramic, rubber, epoxy, plexiglas, felt, volcanic rock, leather, and foam.
Çavuşoğlu designed pedestals, using high-density foam, wood, and rubber. The pieces in the exhibition are numbered from 1 to 71. This random numbering, however, does not refer to any thematic, chronological or geographical classification. The exhibition explores the potential of forming narratives with archaeological and historical information and telling polyphonic stories through objects.
What makes Çavuşoğlu’s project so impactful is its ability to also comment with humour on the actions of those in power today who are attempting to revamp valuable real estate in Turkey, including its heritage sites, through questionable restoration projects that strive to appeal to global financial interests. The project seems to suggest that those in dominance always write and rewrite history, altering her artefacts along the way. Unfortunately, these ventures sometimes eclipse our fragile relationship with the past.
Aslı Çavuşoğlu’nun bu sergide malzemeler ve objeler dünyasına ilgisinde, başa dönerek söylersek Siddhartha’cı bir yol alma var; bilmediğine açılma, başka bir duruma, harekete olan merak.