What is “seeing”? No one must be able to explain everything about what is happening in front of the current uncertainty of the world with extremism, polarization, and isolation. Discoveries vary greatly from viewer to viewer, depending on their social, cultural, racial, religious, linguistic, and gendered backgrounds and experiences, as well as their frame of mind, emotions, and beliefs in that instant. A person seeks out symbols and meaning in things so as to recognize, comprehend, and make them visible before the things insecure comfortable territory. It is inevitable that a person adds known information to them to avoid leaving them unknown. That is, a person constantly interprets the things in the present by the past evoked as memories in the broad sense. So what does a person need when confronted with something that is not understandable, hard to accept, and unable to reflect knowledge? It should be imagination.

Using time-based media -film, video, photography, and sound- I make the viewer’s cognition temporarily disrupted in order not to interpret with their own stereotype of mind. Setting up irrational, nonfunctional, unproductive, and purposeless actions or mixing up elements that are completely far or different from each other, my works attempt at making viewers blind and urge them to ‘see’ in this state with imagination. To do this, a work doesn’t necessarily have to be seen, maybe doesn’t even need to be present in front. “Seeing” is an attitude situated on the vague border between the appearance of things and an act of attaching meaning to them. In other words, “seeing” is an act of re, re, re… re-interpretation, of having imagination, and of constantly providing diverse perspectives for what a person is confronted with.

In my works, things and seeing are one and the same.

May 2021