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Contemporary Istanbul


For the eight edition of Contemporary Istanbul Galeri MCRD presents works by Alexandre Dujardin, Sonia Klajnberg, Özlem Paker, Balca Arda, İpek Yeğinsü, Ayşe Ören and Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay.


November  13-16,  2014

Lütfi Kırdar Congress Center, İstanbul

Alexandre Dujardin participates with his drawings Aenima IV,Toad and Water Lily and Let Me Tell You a Story, Sonia Klajnberg with her illustrations Robot Lumberjack,Robot Juggler and Robot Fireman, Özlem Paker with her digital collages Rhythm III, plexi collage Rhythm 19 and kinetic sculpture Pinning the Map, Balca Arda with her digital drawing in comics format Indirect, İpek Yeğinsü with her two photographs from her Istanbul City Lights series, Ayşe Ören with her brass sculpture Too Funky from her Seduction series and Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay with her paintings Embrace,  Mystery, Deep Blue, Allegory, Pure, Heaven,DNA I, The Eye, Retopia, Chaos, Transcendence and The Dream.


Özlem Paker is an interdisciplinary artist. Concentrating on mixed- and multi- media, her works perform transitions between two, three and virtual dimensions. By using many media together or individually, she provides herself a very flexible and free playground as well as a very progressive one. Paker’s diverse international experiences are captured in the structural and socio-political aspects of her work. Condition of being woman and human, universal interaction, relatedness, connectedness, and existential rhythm are the main inspirational elements reflected in her artistic explorations. She creates a language between psychology, eastern and western philosophy, spirituality and their existential reflections. Stating that the creating process is a spiritual adventure in itself that leads to finding one’s self again and again, Paker prefers to surprise her viewer at first, then to invite her/him into her meditation space to trigger the dialogue. A graduate of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University with a BFA, later she received her graduate degree, MFA in multimedia at Parsons School of Art & Design’s Design & Technology Department. Simultaneously, she has been a faculty member in Product and Communication Design departments. Having lived in New York City from 1992 to 2002, she concentrated on new media technologies, researched the changing face of multimedia usage in art, and developed interactive projects. Paker today lives and works mainly in Istanbul. Besides the American Craft Museum, Istanbul Fine Arts Museum, Art Istanbul and Contemporary Istanbul Fairs, Beyaz Contemporary Art Auctions, Paker’s works are being featured at various art galleries and events, and are being included in corporate and private collections across the globe.

İpek Yeğinsü  who has worked as gallery director at Galeri MCRD in 2014 is a photographer and contemporary art professional based in Istanbul. She has a B.A. degree from Koç UniversityInternational Relations department and a Master of Arts degree from Koç University Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management and is currently a doctoral student at Özyeğin University Design, Technology and Society department. She is currently teaching History of Visuality at Kadir Has University.


Ayşe Ören, Seduction Series-Too Funky, 2014, brass, sensor, LED, unique

Curator  İpek Yeğinsü examines the themes and motifs of the artists' work and the context in which they were made:

Too Funky, the first member of the interactive sculpture series Ayşe Ören names “Seduction”, is inspired by Artemis, the goddess of nature, hunt and moon. Numerous breasts on the body’s front side we encounter in the depictions of the Artemis of Ephesus, underline the concepts of fertility and abundance. In addition to her breasts, Ören’s goddess has emphasized ovaries and the part of the body containing female reproductive organs is arranged in a way reminiscent of an owl’s face. In many mythological sources the owl is identified with the moon, which is identified with femininity and fertility. Thus Ören’s work refers to all these symbols at once. The work’s frame is confined to the woman’s most eye catching and seductive part.

When approached, the dim light that surrounds Too Funky suddenly shines bright, and begins to propel especially around the breasts. Just like the moon, the work’s texture reminiscent of the moon’s surface reflects the secret light that hits it from another source. The woman assuming all her femininity and struggling to attract attention, does everything in her power to awaken the man’s sexual reflex; she is convinced this is what she is supposed to do. This action actually becoming a “reflex” and that she appropriates as a function arising from her sexual identity, also happens to be her greatest power. Ören’s material choice, the warmly colored metal, reveals a futuristic approach towards the image of an ancient goddess and implies the mechanical nature of sexual intercourse.

About the Artists

Information about Balca Arda, Alexandre Dujardin, Sonia Klajnberg and Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay is on their artist pages on this website.

Exhibition View

Ayse Ören's metal goddess Too Funky and Özlem Paker's  Rhythm 19

Alexandre Dujardin and Sonia Klajnberg 

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Talisman, hand carved from glass


Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay,The Eye and Alexandre  Dujardin, Aenima IV 

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Allegory, Embrace and Deep Blue 

Lyrical, hammered copper 

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Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, The Dream and DNA I

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, İpek  Yeğinsü and Ayşe Ören 


 Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay's Mystery and Deep Blue


İpek Yeğinsü, City Lights Series

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Balca Arda, Indirect

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Alexandre Dujardin, Aenima IV 


İpek Yeğinsü, City Lights Series


Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, The Eye 


Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Heaven 


Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Mystery

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Sonia Klajnberg, Robot Lumberjack


Özlem Paker, Rhythm III

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Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Deep Blue


Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Allegory 

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Alexandre Dujardin, Toad and Water Lily


Alexandre Dujardin, Let Me Tell You a Story 

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Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Embrace

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Retopia

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Transcendence

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, Chaos

Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, The Dream


Yasemin Cengiz Cagatay, DNA I 

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Sonia Klajnberg, Robot Fireman