21 November 2020 – 10 January 2021
Merve Ertufan’s solo exhibition Waiting on a Scratch brings together several installations, videos and text-based works from the last few years. The artist engages with language games, philosophical puzzles and riddles, drawn out from anecdotal instances and fabricated paradoxes, bringing forth a host of minor autobiographical fictions.
Cognitive processes and dialogues appear in different forms through the exhibition, with abstract solids cohabiting with skin, hair or other metamorphic surfaces. Truncated oval-like forms with projected text consider the nature of encounters, while echoing voices and recursive cycles of ambiguous objects populate the videos. Reflections and doubles appear and disappear, persistently upsetting our perceptual assumptions.
Throughout her practice Merve Ertufan investigates the processes and formations that are often concealed behind language, expressions and repeated actions. Discrepancies in day-to-day experience are central to Waiting on a Scratch, moving through inquiries on selfhood, cognition and consciousness.
Merve Ertufan makes installations, videos and sound arrangements. Her practice engages with what might be called the microphysics of the mind, through observing inconsistencies, gaps and dead-ends in language and habit. Ertufan attended Home Workspace Program (2015-16) at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, received her BA in Visual Arts from Sabancı University, Istanbul, and graduated from the Art in the Public Realm program at Konstfack, Stockholm. Her selected group exhibitions include “The New Chronic”, Corridor Project Space (2020); ”Bahar”, the Istanbul off-site project of Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017); “PRODUCE 2” with SPOT Production Fund, Istanbul (2014); “Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment” at Arter, Istanbul (2013).