Yeşim Akdeniz: Those Opposing and Those Sympathizing
MARCH 12 – APRIL 1, 2014
Yeşim Akdeniz’s second solo exhibition at Dirimart after a three year break Those Opposing and
Those Sympathizing is taking place between 12th of March and 1st of April 2014. Each of the
100 pieces on display depict 100 teapots, from which male heads facing away reach out from
distinct teapots. Male figures lacking identities embodied in these visions, which confront us
with an almost obsessive repetition, become distinguishing through the feminine forms they
are portrayed with.
Patterns of Yeşim Akdeniz become objectified inside frames, some of which are peculiarly
designed for the piece; and some of which are simply found. Each one of these object-patterns
are named after lines from Ulrike Meinhof’s Bambule (1970). It was found inconvenient and
banned until 1994 due to its content composed of sexual abuse, oppressive order and social
inequality exposed to the students of a sorority.
Works of Yeşim Akdeniz are articulated as the synthesis of Eastern and Western cultural
milestones with the artist’s imagination. In the works of the artist, who has been examining
the breaking points of expression system for more than a decade, by playing an ironic game
between contemporary forms of vision production and abstract art; gender theme falls into
figures rendered in different states of mind and social roles.
Yeşim Akdeniz graduated from Arts Academy of Düsseldorf in 2002. Between the years 2002 and 2004, she lived
in Amsterdam within the scope of De Ateliers Residency programme. Since 2003, she has had solo exhibitions
at Düsseldorf, Amsterdam, İstanbul, London and Zurich. In 2006, she recieved Peter Mertes scholarship of Bonn
Kuntsverein. Her pieces, which were given workshop scholarship by Garanti Platform in 2009, have been exhibited
at art institutions such as Museum of Modern Art at Wien (MAK), Saatchi Gallery, Steldeljik Museum, Kunstverein
Frankfurt, Los Angeles Guggenheim Gallery.