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Kirkor Sahakoğlu – Absent
05/03/2015 @ 11:00 - 29/03/2015 @ 17:00
6 – 29 March 2015
Depo hosts Kirkor Sahakoğlu’s exhibition titled “Absent” comprised of 39 paintings and one video. Sahakoğlu’s works are manifestations of a surprising rush of emotions, a profound anguish of the soul… Paintings of “Absent”, created through improvisation with intense and free brushstrokes, bear the tokens of a soot-black reticence and a bleeding void. Coalescing with these paintings the video presents a disquieting reality, a harsh insurgence that questions life and death.
Sahakoğlu notes that in “Absent” he expresses a state of being left wanting, a loss not duly lamented, a sorrow passed on from one generation to the next: “These paintings are a bond that I established with the ones I have lost. This is why they do not each have a separate name. If they did, they would probably be called Artin, Agop, Sarkis, Yeranuş, Hripsime, Boğos. But for me the name of all of these paintings is Absent. Yes, this century is the story of an absence, of being left wanting. And even the stirrings of those who persist to exist despite these.”
Born in İstanbul, Kirkor Sahakoğlu attended Getronagan High School, after which he graduated from the School of National Applied Fine Arts Advertising Graphics Department. Later he received his master’s degree at Istituto Europeo Di Design in Milan. He also studied at Domus Academy and participated in workshops. As of 1985 Sahakoğlu worked as art director and creative director in prominent advertising agencies of Turkey, and later founded his own agency. He assisted numerous institutions and products in their branding processes. Recipient of innumerable Crystal Apple awards of the Association of Advertising Agencies, since 2010 Sahakoğlu has been working freelance, as well as teaching undergraduate and graduate students at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts. Sahakoğlu also organizes seminars and workshops in various universities.
2015 Exhibition Program of DEPO is being realized in cooperation with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
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