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"BACKYARD" Ongoing Photography Series. 2011-

 
In her photograph series titled “Arka Bahçe / Backyard”, Zeren Göktan takes inspiration from a backyard that everyone has had in their lives where the belongings that we part with are disposed of and forgotten. While we have created countless games in these gardens where our first experiences of our encounters with the outside world took place in our childhoods, having discovered the faculty of imagination the human being yearns for this world of playfulness that one strives to keep alive in their memories as years go by. In her photographs, the artist makes a present of her dreams to the children she has posed in places that seem inaccessible or even dangerous to approach. Looking from a high vantage point everything has become smaller and the realm has broadened because of the child’s point of view. Because the World is transformed into a toy when viewed from high above. Rather than digging deep like Alice in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”, Göktan’s children are out to explore the surface. The subject has abandoned the perspective made available to her. Now everything that is visible, that is, all information available, is right in front of her eyes. The games they create are games without set rules, like those of Alice, with no clear winners and losers. The whole atmosphere makes us witness the moment when the minor game of the human being and a major game coincide, when the human game and the divine game intertwine.
 
 

 

 

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DEEP BLUE
BACKYARD
DAYLIGHT
COUNTER
UNEXPECTED MOVEMENTS
BLACK SWAN EVENT
ABOVEGROUND
IN-FLUX
PASSING(CHAIN)
PASSING(SHOT-GUN)
FACING THE WALLS
WE ARE VOLUNTEERS
BREADZONE
UNTITLED 1
UNTITLED 2
PASSING
RED JUMP SUIT
IN THE NAME OF BREAD FOR THE SAKE OF LAND
STAIRWAY
THE BREAD DOOR
PASSAGE
DEAD OR ALIVE
UNTITLED
LIVING THE HIVES DOOR OPEN
RENDEZVOUS
IM-MIGRATION