Tunca Subaşı

Born in 1982 in Izmir. Lives and works in Istanbul.The work of Tunca Subaşı presented on this occasion, is from among his series titled Residue, and is a painting from his exhibition held under the same name. The artist reinterprets and takes as evidence, residue, the data he discovers as a result of the research he conducts for this study on historical incidents. Subaşı’s interpretation relates to Walter Benjamin’s ‘jetzt-zeit (now time)’ concept. While Benjamin uses this concept under the meaning “time filled with now”, Tunca Subaşı underlining that an image belonging to the past also constitutes a moment of experience for today, fills history and time with ‘now’ and integrates them with each other. On the other hand this integration also confronts us with space and time purified from history.

With the firebrick wall he puts up in the exhibition hall, Tunca Subaşı intends to reshape the space and to add an identity to it. In addition to a firebrick he brought from the Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945), he also imbeds into the wall rare firebricks that are products of old Greek and Armenian brick factories in Çanakkale, which have their own brand imprinted on them and are not EXISTING produced anymore. Through his work, the artist establishes a fate bond between Çanakkale that has experienced one of the toughest and bloodiest wars of the First World War, and Auschwitz that has witnessed one of the most tragic war crimes of the world history during the Second World War.


tunca_subasi2Untitled, 2011, Acrylic on canvas, 130×200 cm

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Tunca_subasiRampart, Firebricks, sand, cement 280 x 270 cm

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