Flatland is proud to announce a solo exhibition, Forbidden Knowledge, with the great Turkish photographer Nazif Topçuoğlu (Ankara, Turkey), who formerly represented Turkey at the Venice Biennale, opening Saturday 1 February—14 March 2020.
The underlying thread in Topçuoglu's work is a constant preoccupation with time, memory and loss. The Turkish artist worries about the transience of people and things in general, and tries to reconstruct unclear and imperfect images of an idealised past.
Provocative, sexually charged images at first sight, underneath it all, Topçuoğlu conveys his perspective of life, world affairs, political and social life in Turkey as well as in the world, with his compositions of young girls relating to art history and literary references, such as to Proust, Thomas Mann and Caravaggio.
Nazif Topçuoğlu has completed two Masters degrees, in Photography (the Institute of Design, Chicago ) and in Architecture (MEU, Ankara). Exhibited widely and held teaching positions at various universities in Turkey. He writes regularly on the history and criticism of photography, and has published three books on the subject.
Press release courtesy Flatland Gallery.