While we also sense the artist’s nostalgia for his childhood, Yiğit Hepsev’s attitude is strengthened by his naive graphic language and invites the viewer to a sensitive journey into the deepest parts of his ego.
About the Artist
The curator of "The Quest" exhibition İpek Yeğinsü comments on Yiğit Hepsev's work: "In his video work Outside Yiğit Hepsev focuses on the individual’s sense of belongingness and the quest for identity from an inner point of view. He leaves the viewer face to face with a character visible in six different frames, never able to belong somewhere or to hold on to something. The figure that continues to fall into the void in the presence of sounds whose source we cannot exactly identify, seems to be surrounded by the imagery he or she mentally assigns to the concept of non- belongingness. Each frame has a different dominant motif: the breasts symbolize the quest for sexual identity, spanning from childhood to adulthood; the white nets observed by uncanny eyes in the darkrepresent the family’s, the social network’s and the society’s prejudices;the rolling avalanche balls stand for the pressure of the anxieties that dominate the world of thoughts and that grow as they are added together; the greenish liquid reminiscent of the deep waters where the first traces of life emerged, symbolizes the tentative answers to cosmic and existential questions; the pink sky represents the never fulfilled dreams and disappointments pertaining to vital objectives; and finally, the falling figure dominating the black background is a reminder of the inner void and helplessness generated by all these layers ofbelongingness. While we also sense the artist’s nostalgia for his childhood, Hepsev’s attitude is once more strengthened by his naive graphic language and invites the viewer to a sensitive journey into the deepest parts of his ego."
Yiğit Hepsev holds a B.Sc. degree from Yıldız Technical University's Department of Interactive Media Design (2010) and an MA from Bilgi University's Department of Film and Television (2013). He also studied at FH Joanneum, University of Applied Sciences, Department of Information Design, Graz, Austria as Erasmus student in the 2007-2008 period. He has started his art career by taking part in design teams in print and interactive media. He currently works in animation industry in İstanbul as a motion graphics artist who also gets experienced as a filmmaker and an independent visual artist combining different techniques of storytelling.Hepsev has participated to both Galeri MCRD's first exhibition "The Quest" at the gallery, and at the Plugin section of Contemporary Istanbul 2014 with his video work. He also took part in group exhibitions in İstanbul.