October 1, 2023


masterpiece of human

Füsun Onur “Once upon a time…”, Turkish Pavilion at Arsenale, Venice


“Once upon a time…”, a new installation by a single of the pioneers of Turkish up to date and conceptual art, Füsun Onur, is presented at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 59th Worldwide Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Commissioned and developed by the Istanbul Foundation for Tradition and Arts (İKSV) and realised with the contribution of the Ministry of Lifestyle and Tourism below the auspices of the Ministry of Overseas Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, the exhibition is curated by Bige Örer.

Füsun Onur has pushed the boundaries of portray and sculpture for far more than 50 % a century, providing sort to her artwork as a result of instinct and instinct and generating a language further than time. Uninterested in dominant artwork-world trends, Onur has continued to develop delicate and discreet operates for a long time, built from easy, day-to-day materials billed with autobiographical references. A remarkably influential determine in the modern day art scene in Turkey, she has a international presence but has been underneath-recognised in the worldwide artwork world. Her exercise, which can be recognized through the lens of feminist art background, attracts on her personal life and employs traditional and domestic mediums, these types of as weaving and textiles.

At the 59th Worldwide Artwork Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Onur displays a new installation titled “Once upon a time…”, in which she has developed distinct characters and scenes by bending and shaping metal wire. It is as much a portrait of a time loaded with panic, worry, and ambivalence as it is of the thoughts of solidarity, really like, and the joy of lifestyle. In “Once on a time…”, the artist tells an evocative tale applying a minimalist method, turning a essential eye on the contemporary situation and inevitably the pandemic, and the threats they pose to the potential of the globe.

Onur has worked for the past two decades to create a fable that unravels about clouds spread all over the Pavilion of Turkey exhibition place. In her installation, she depicts a battle waged by cats and mice united in opposition to the governing logics of anthropocentrism, which harms nature and the planet by arrogantly ruling more than them. Her figures, with their ping-pong-ball heads and vibrant clothes made from crepe paper, dance, make music, travel, and fall in like.

Füsun Onur explains: “Wherever I go, I take Istanbul with me. At the time on a time… is a tale established in the pandemic, which starts off in Istanbul and finishes in Venice. I explain to the tale of a pretty smart mouse, who joins forces with a cat for a divine goal: to assistance preserve the ecosystem individuals have wrecked. Jointly they unite and sail to Venice, the place our principal character finds love immediately after the most tough of situations. It is a tale of solidarity, love and the pleasure of getting able to keep together. And just like the fairy tales, we really don’t know how exactly it ends… for now.”

Devised like the scenes of a stage enjoy, the set up opens the doorway onto a new and remarkable entire world. In a time when everyone’s existence has been turned upside down, when all recognised truths are remaining questioned, Onur at the time all over again casts apart all expectations to establish her possess scale, providing a masterwork about conceiving option worlds, making new languages, learning from nonhumans, and loving and dwelling together. Just about every scene can be recognized on its individual but jointly kind a narrative that looks back on the present from various hundreds of years in the upcoming.

Onur presents clear-cut notes for each individual scene that concisely narrate the story with poetic language. Narrative does not supersede the entire world knowledgeable in the exhibition space it basically accompanies the viewer, providing keys to enter into the fable. The ending is left to the viewer it invitations numerous alternatives and encourages us to visualize various narratives, adding new meanings to the exhibition by viewing it by means of our possess marriage to the entire world, to art, and to Venice.

The exhibition is focused to the memory of İlhan Onur, whom we misplaced not long ago. She has been a lot more than a beloved sister, supporting Füsun Onur throughout her complete life. She established the archive, photographed just about every exhibition and gathered all the info. She was the 1 who searched for products, supported the creation and the installation of the performs and celebrated Füsun’s creativity. We think her memory will stay with each other with this exhibition.

At Arsenale, Venice
until eventually November 27, 2022


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