• Dates: 12 May 2018 - 1 July 2018
Exhibition: Sena Başöz - On Lightness

Opening: Friday 11 May, 18:30

If you study physics you soon must face the apparent paradox: your control over a physical object that you can hold in your hand is less than your control over a mathematical object without material existence.
Chance and Chaos, David Ruelle

Sena Başöz's solo exhibition On Lightness brings together the artist's most recent works together at the second floor of Depo between 12 May and 30 June, 2018. The exhibition, which also includes the research artist has conducted at Cité Internationale des Arts artist residency during summer of 2017, focuses on recovery and regeneration. On Lightness seeks for experimental ways of addressing specific traumatic events without evoking them directly.

The artist, who has been exploring the animalistic side that is present in the human nature through her works, thinks that this creaturehood is our sole connection both to each other and to nature. She counts on this side of ours the most. She tries to deal with the friction that happens between the body and space over belonging through leaning on this context. The exhibition brings together works in a variety of mediums that utilize a range of materials. Başöz, presents thought exercises regarding how to get out of impossible and seemingly final situations through moving boxes that have left their weights behind, bird portraits that collaborate with the wind, an ivy plant that is leaning from the past, an eraser that remembers and forgets at the same time and other drawings and video works.

On Lightness creates a framework pertaining to death, renewal and liberation that resorts to multiple transparent layers. The organism's self-repair and the balance nature obtains in the long run constitute the backbone of this narrative.

Sena Başöz is an artist and filmmaker living and working in Istanbul. She received her BA in Economics from Boğaziçi University in 2002 and MFA from Bard College in Film and Video in 2010. Her recent exhibitions include Experimental Field Tokyo, Sharjah Biennial Offsite: Bahar, Istanbul and a duo exhibition at Memphis Gallery-Linz (with Lisa Truttman). Her films have been screened at Cannes Film Festival, Crossing Europe, Jihlava IDFF and Gran Paradiso and many other festivals. She participated in artist residencies at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz. She is currently a lecturer and teaches contemporary art classes at Boğaziçi University.

Production support:
SAHA - Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey