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Hera Büyüktaşcıyan

b. 1984, Istanbul, Turkey
Lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey

A Study on Endless Archipelagos, 2017–2019

Sculptural installation: cement, bronze and wood
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the Artist and Green Art Gallery, Dubai

Seldom Seen, Soon Forgotten, 2018–2019

Site-specific installation: capiz shells, wood and metal
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the Artist, Green Art Gallery, Dubai and Bellas Artes Projects

Seldom Seen, Soon Forgotten is inspired by the capiz shell windows in the Philippines. Translucent, capiz allows light to enter while also remaining resistant to typhoons. The design also evokes the binakol textile, an optical illusion weaving pattern meant to drive away bad spirits. The work brings together two forms with different functions, even as both are meant to offer protection from outside forces.

A Study on Endless Archipelagos is an amalgamation of architectural elements from cities the Turkish artist lived and worked in over the years. For her, they represent particles of “restored memories.” Anthropomorphised, the tiles have miniature bronze feet, suggesting a feeling of a burdened history moving in slow motion, floating on a sea of discrete memories, disconnected from time.


Hera Büyüktaşçıyan (b. 1984, Istanbul, Turkey) integrates metaphors from local myths and historic and iconographic elements of different geographies to open up new narrative scopes. She locates the figure of the Other between the twinned spectres of absence and invisibility in order to weave connections between identity, memory, space and time. She has held several solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. Some of her residencies include Delfina Foundation (London, 2014) and Villa Waldberta (Munich, 2012–2013). She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Marmara University in 2006. Büyüktaşçıyan currently lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey.