b. 1979, Turkey

Başak Bugay Biography

In her works, Başak Bugay explores ways to represent the relationship between the psychic constructions of the subject and the collective unconscious. Using a wide range of material and an ironic discourse, she puts forth themes like childhood traumas, denial and defense mechanisms, and sleep/death. Taking her relationship with material and process as organic, Bugay’s production process is shaped through the use of materials of fabric, fibre, plaster, and terracotta. Cut off from the outside world, isolated, confined to their own space the figures in their privacy do not directly interact with the audience. These figures are tough and distant and at once peaceful and familiar. Bugay lets the audience to figure out the hidden elements trapped in these spaces of privacy, breach into their secrecy and complete their uncanny and hidden stories. Although seeming safe and warm, in the environments and figures in her works is contained the possibility of an attack.

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Başak Bugay (1979, Istanbul, Turkey) lives and works in Istanbul. She graduated from the Painting Department of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2002 and completed her masters degree at the same university in 2006 where she currently pursues her Ph.D. Her recent solo exhibitions include: It’s a Joy to be Hidden (Milli Reasürans Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2018), Doll (Artist’s Studio, Istanbul, Turkey, 2015). The group exhibitions she participated in include: Dancing Into One (Yuvakimyon Greek High School, Istanbul, Turkey, 2019), The Big Picture (DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey, 2018), A Day at Hotel (Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2018), Animal (Tophane-i Amire Culture and Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012), Figurative (Alan Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010) and Where is Diyarbakır Prison (Karşı Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011).

Exhibition view: Başak Bugay, Fugue, Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul (16 December –12 February 2022). Courtesy Zilberman Gallery.

Başak Bugay Featured Artworks

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Comes when it’s over series II by Başak Bugay contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Başak Bugay Comes when it’s over series II, 2019 Ink on paper
86 x 27 cm
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Chain by Başak Bugay contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Başak Bugay Chain, 2021 Pen on rice paper
70 x 54 cm
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Blackout by Başak Bugay contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Başak Bugay Blackout, 2021 Terracotta, oil paint, stoneware
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Old city by Başak Bugay contemporary artwork sculpture
Başak Bugay Old city, 2021 Terracotta; 24 pots and 350 face figures
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Aphenphosmphobia by Başak Bugay contemporary artwork sculpture
Başak Bugay Aphenphosmphobia, 2021 Wood, fabric, terracotta
36 x 18 x 35 cm
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Slope by Başak Bugay contemporary artwork sculpture
Başak Bugay Slope, 2021 Fabric, fibre, terracotta, ceramic
237 x 50 x 80 cm
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Why the laugh? by Başak Bugay contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Başak Bugay Why the laugh?, 2021 Air dry clay, fabric, string, wood, led light, oil paint
71 x 43 x 66 cm
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Twenty o’clock by Başak Bugay contemporary artwork sculpture
Başak Bugay Twenty o’clock, 2021 Wood, fabric, fibre, string, ceramic, terracotta
70 x 79 x 74 cm
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Başak Bugay Current & Recent Exhibitions

Başak Bugay Represented By

Zilberman Gallery contemporary art gallery in Istanbul, Turkey Zilberman Gallery Berlin, Istanbul
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