Green Art Gallery Presents “Innerscapes,” an exhibition by Nazif Topcuoglu from Jan. 11- Mar. 5

Green Art Gallery Dubai presents “Innerscapes” a solo
show of recent works by renowned Turkish photographer
Nazif Topcuoglu

Exhibition Dates: 11/01/2012 – 05/03/2012

Green Art Gallery opens its 2012 program with a solo exhibition for the
acclaimed Turkish photographer Nazif Topcuoglu presenting a new series of
works. Marking the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, the show
opens on January 11th and will be on view until March 5th 2012. A reception
will be held on the 11th of January from 7 – 9 pm in the presence of the artist.

Known for his highly staged theatrical works typically featuring young girls
living in lavish period backdrops, Nazif Topcuoglu’s photographs take on a
nostalgic view of youth. While in his works, like Proust, he does not glorify a
certain-definite- “past” era, he nonetheless implies a yearning for one’s own
youth or an imagined “golden age”. The way in which we as humans rate our
experience as valuable is through moments that are imagined, be they in the
past (half-remembered) or in the future (not yet realized).

This idealization of youth however, goes hand in hand with an overall sense of
sadness and desperation felt by the artist. With the encroaching global
problems facing the youth today, wars, famines, economical downturns, a
hope for a better future becomes an idealization in itself. Topcuoglu, who is
part of the generation who participated in the major upheavals the world
faced in the 1960‘s, maintains that the sense of hope, of a view of changing
the world experienced then, seems desolate and almost obsolete today.

The young female characters depicted in his works have grown up in this very
context and are now facing the various adult issues of the day. Like a modern
day Alice, they may be opposed and frustrated at every turn, but they are
mostly dissenters not collaborationists, speaking up against the way people
insist on the rightness of their conventional ways of doing things. Like in the
Alice stories, these girls raise the voice of common sense against the arbitrary
rules and unjust commandments of the grown-up world. It is for this reason
that when looking at Topcuoglu’s seemingly ‘pretty’ images of attractive girls,
the viewer nonetheless cannot help but sense a disturbing tension at what lies
beneath.

(information and pictures provided by the Green Art Gallery)

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