September 8–December 4, 2022
Anna Laudel presents Mehmet Sinan Kuran’s extensive solo exhibition titled Nowhere. Now Here. between September 8–December 4, 2022. Inviting the audience to question the possibilities in life, Nowhere. Now Here. is an expanded continuation of his previous exhibition titled Posthumous, which means “afterlife” in Latin. By transforming the exhibition into a pleasant remembrance, the artist focuses on the release of the soul and provides a compelling narrative.
Nowhere. Now here. displays a pluralistic worldview along with Kuran’s own ironic, joyful, and melancholy artistic style in the context of many media, including drawings, sculptures, paintings, ceramics, light boxes, glass, found items, sketchbooks, and installations. Kuran creates his own death ceremony with a joyful ritual, exploring new ideas of a peaceful, pleasant and chaotic world full of light. He also reflects on the layers of the soul and the significance of the experiences gained at the various stages of our lives, including childhood, youth, middle age, and old age.
Nietzsche’s image of the child is turned around by the artist to take art enthusiasts on a voyage. As in the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Kuran inverts the relationship between youth and old age, shedding light on birth and death, youth and old age, and knowledge and ignorance. By folding science fiction, myth, or a ceremonial belief like an origami, the artist develops a conceptual framework that holds that as one ages and encounters the entirety of the world, they become more childlike, and the more childlike they are, the more serenity they find.
Each picture or figure in the artist’s three universes, “Earth, Sky, and Sea,” illustrates the value of mortality, the significance of dying, and what it means to be mortal. This approach to death is surprisingly upbeat and celebratory for humankind.
Featuring a number of Mehmet Sinan Kuran’s most recent works, including Nowhere, Now Here which establishes the framework for a brand-new planet by beautifying the artist’s own demise can be shown at Anna Laudel Istanbul through December 4, 2022.
Mehmet Sinan Kuran
Born in 1964, the self-taught painter Mehmet Sinan Kuran began his art career by sketching on journals. Internally driven, and emotionally charged, Mehmet Sinan Kuran’s original miniature sketches have been described as ‘’complex yet uplifting’’ paintings. ‘’I have been drawing every single thought in my head‘’ says Kuran. He made art all throughout his life until finally he gathered the pieces of his collective consciousness and streamed them onto his works, creating his genuine style. The artist’s innate talent fuelled by the tradition of Hieronymus Bosch, speaks wildly in his electric colours, illustrating the visionary madness of his inner world. Kuran’s works are in private museums and collections.
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