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has the past been intervened?

zeynep merve çiçek


Zeynep Merve Cicek

Has the Past Been Intervened? / 2021

Acrylic paint on canvas, sewing

130x150 cm

Countless events, situations and actions take place every day. While experiences take place in media such as newspapers, magazines and social media, it is often unclear how the experiences result or what they actually cause. Although the people who experienced the events are often obvious, they are also forgotten over time. The work is the situation of organization by purging the details of the events and personal information written in the newspapers. Although newspapers have the quality of recording the present, they reflect the recent past, not the present.

As you move away from the past, events and people are forgotten over time. So the newspapers only document the event in the near future. Situations such as how the events took place, what the individuals who experienced the events experienced after the event, and what happened after the events often remain unclear. The event happens, the event ends, the effect of the event remains, but the event are forgotten, because for those who did not experience the event, nothing actually happened. That's why the past stays in the past.

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art of everyday life

non diary

zeynep merve çiçek

Zeynep Merve Cicek

Non-Daily / 2021

Felt pen on paper, sewing

29.70x21 cm

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It's about the pain of those who can't live as much as what has been lived... The day is planned by the individual living the day through temporal expressions. Plans are made sometimes day by day, sometimes hour by hour, and sometimes month by month. However, the plans are partially realized or may not be realized due to reasons beyond our control. The cancellation of plans was experienced by many people all over the world at the same time, especially when a pandemic was declared due to Covid-19. In this process, routines, usual orders and habits had to change.

In the Non-Diary work, the situation where specially made plans were canceled due to the pandemic was reflected. First of all, the planned situation was visualized and stitched on paper. Then, texts were written on the back of the page stating that the event could not take place. The back pages of the work represent the effect of what has happened as well as what has not happened on the individual.

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She was born in 1987 in Ankara. She completed his High School Education in Kırıkkale Anatolian Fine Arts High School Painting Department between 2001-2005, her undergraduate education in Gazi University Faculty of Fine Arts; Department of Painting between 2005-2009, and her Master's degree between 2009-2012 at Gazi University from Fine Arts Institute Painting Department. In 2017, she started her Proficiency in Art education at Hacettepe University Faculty of Fine Arts at Painting Department. Parallel to the field of painting, graphics, ceramics and photography from other fields of art are her artistic expressions. During her Proficiency in Art education, she conducted research and studies on the subject of site-specific art. She made site-specific installations in the cities she lived in. She has opened 5 solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions. Recent works shapes around issues such as belonging, non-belonging, exclusion, alienation, the impact of public life on daily life. She has been teaching Visual Arts since 2010 and continues her studies in her personal studio in Ankara.

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