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Hera Büyüktaşcıyan Biography

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan is a Turkish artist based in Istanbul, her work focusses on the notion of the ‘other’ and concepts of absence and invisibility, identity, memory, space and time. By using metaphors from local myths, historic and iconographic elements, she opens a new narrative scope for the ‘other’. In her recent work she has been questioning the meaning of ‘absence’ within the collective memory and addressing urban transformation, which causes total disappearance, destruction, isolation and otherness within the framework of communities, history, time, space and memory.

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Hera graduated from Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty Painting department in 2006.  She has since participated in various residency programmes: ACSL (2011,Yerevan), PiST///Interdisciplinary Project Space (2012, İstanbul), AIR DROP (2012, Stockholm) and Villa Waldberta (2012-13, Munich).

Hera has participated in several exhibitions including: Scan Istanbul (2003, İstanbul), Going Public’ 06 (2006, Milan), The Other (2007, PiST///7-24), Changeables & Transformables (2009, İstanbul), Lives and works in İstanbul (İstanbul, 2010), art.homes (2010, Munich-İstanbul), Worthy Hearts (2011, Yerevan), The Afternoon Odyssey (2012, SALT), Looking for Somewhere to Land (2012,Stockholm), Reflecting on Reflection (2012,Galeri Mana), BLUR (2012, Munich), Envy, Enmity, Embarrasement (2013, ARTER), INSITU (2013, PiST///), Unhappy Ready Made (2014,KUAD), and The Land Across the Blind (2014, Galeri Mana).

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS at Artspace Sydney, Sydney
18 May–4 August 2019 Group Exhibition 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Artspace Sydney

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan In Ocula Magazine

Dismantle the Map: As Demonstrated by 52 Artists and their Actions Ocula Insight
In Collaboration with Artspace Sydney
Dismantle the Map: As Demonstrated by 52 Artists and their Actions By Stephanie Bailey, Sydney

This essay appears in 52 Artists 52 Actions: Small Acts of Disobedience, co-published by Artspace Sydney and Thames & Hudson Australia in 2019. It is now exclusively published online with Ocula in collaboration with Artspace Sydney. The publication is available to purchase from here. As part of his Instagram intervention for 52 ARTISTS...

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Hera Büyüktaşcıyan In Related Press

EVA International: 'Still (the) Barbarians' Related Press EVA International: 'Still (the) Barbarians' 26 April 2016, Art Agenda

In her catalogue introduction, Koyo Kouoh calls Ireland “the first and foremost colonial laboratory of the British enterprise.” It’s a striking statement from the curator of EVA International biennial in Limerick. Titling the biennial Still (the) Barbarians, Kouoh uses it as a platform to consider how the legacies of colonialism...

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Artists from Turkey navigate history, memory, and authorship Related Press Artists from Turkey navigate history, memory, and authorship 16 February 2016, Hyperallergic

Alt, which translates to “under,” is Istanbul’s newest space for contemporary art. After descending a staircase at Bomontiada, (a compound of sorts that includes Alt, a music venue, a café, a restaurant, architecture studios, and several other planned ventures), you are immediately aware that you’re in a windowless cellar...

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