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At Ease and Attention
Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 90 cm, 2012

  • At Ease and Attention
  • Patchwork
  • Stadium I
  • Stadium II
  • Stadium III
  • Stadium IV
  • Stadium IV
  • Stadium V
  • Stadium VI
  • Stadium III
  • Stadium VIII
  • Stadium IX
  • Stadium V
  • Stadium XII
  • Units and Terms I
  • Units and Terms II
  • Units and Terms IV
  • Units and Terms VI
  • Tom's
  • Units and Terms V
  • Units and Terms VII
  • Tom's
  • Tom's
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DISGUISE

Seda Hepsev

24 January - 24 February 2013

“I snatched the kids that theirs moms call "my pasha" in order to keep them in a sheltered place.”

Seda Hepsev will be on view at x-ist with her fourth solo exhibition ‘Disguise’ from January 24 to February 23, 2013. ‘Disguise’, which means ‘to change and conceal identity’ in English, aims to question the military service that is seen as a mandatory stop towards the destination of manhood, just like male circumcision and the very first sexual experience are.

The abundance of the signboards that read “every kind of kid’s military clothing up to the age of 10 is available” and the pride that the parents of the kids in those outfits have, are the premature representations of the military service which is a ritual for stepping into manhood.

While representing a transitional space that is detached from life, the lifestyles and uniforms that are worn throughout the military service, which is a mandatory stop due to Turkey’s political structure and religious beliefs and saves men a social rank and authorization, lose their authenticity and validity once the military service is over.

The exhibition, which addresses the similarity between the military service and other foundations of power such as school and family and the reproduction of the identity of man in this context of sovereignty established by fellow men, is composed of four parts complementing each other.

The first part is composed of paintings depicting hollow military uniforms. The pieces of military uniforms that are side by side, one under the other, so thrown, or consciously taken off come together in different compositions on 15 canvases. Right across these paintings, there is another piece made by “patchwork” technique using the real military fabric depicted in the paintings mentioned above.

The second part of the exhibition is composed of three canvas paintings originated from the movie, “Top Gun”. They depict the inclusion of the leading actor and his outfits into our lives in 1980s, and refresh the space that the image of an American soldier has in our memory.

The drawings that depict figures making towers out of humans constitute the third part of the exhibition. In these drawings made with a technique that is mostly used by kids in which color pastels are covered with a black paint and then scratched, the shows that represent power and endurance are depicted with thin and colorful contours.

Finally in the last part, there are pieces which bring military outfits, fabrics, and accessories together in different compositions and reproduce them. The objects and drawings that represent the military as an institution which exists through instigating the idea of power, violence, and rivalry, exist through repeating themselves just like the continuous reconstruction of male identity.

Seda Hepsev, DISGUISE from x-ist on Vimeo.



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