Interview: Caglar Gezer

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Interview: Caglar Gezer

Caglar Gezer discusses with Luca Curci about the festival Future Identities – Bodies. Places. Spaces.

Award-winning photographer Caglar Gezer was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1981 and lives in Geneva, Switzerland since 2011. As a self-taught photographer, his humanistic approach to life is reflected in his photographs, providing an unparalleled aesthetic viewpoint. The goal of each project is to develop a body of images which will allow him to transfer a visual knowledge of a specific social and intellectual event to the viewer. 

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Luca Curci – Your work has just been exhibited during Future Identities – Bodies. Places. Spaces: can you talk about your personal experience in Venice with International ArtExpo?

Caglar Gezer – Being part of a project organized by ArtExpo in Venice was a great experience for me as it gave me the opportunity to expose my work on an international platform which welcomes visual artists from all around the world. I enjoyed very much having exciting discussions in a magical art platform both with multinational artists and viewers.

L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?

C. G. – My artwork, titled  “Namus”, featured in the Future Identities project is a critique to an ethical concept proper of Middle Eastern patriarchal societies representing feminine virtue and fidelity to moral rules. My work questions this gender-specific category of relations within a family and usually translated in notions of honor, respectability and modesty. It consists of six black and white portraits reflecting how women’s bodies and images have become ideological and religious battlegrounds. It is closely linked to the festival’s theme from a “body” perspective.

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L. C. – What are you currently working on?
     
C. G. – My last piece of work will be featured soon in an independent art festival in Geneva. It represents the transformation of a muslim woman through ideological changes in a society and the incarnation of such societal changes in her physical appearance. It will consist of photography and video installation.

L. C. – What is art for you?

C. G. – Art is a deep desire where I find and lose myself at the same time. It is the possibility to evoke in the viewer a feeling originally belonging to the creator. It is a tunnel between the creator and viewer where such feeling passes through. As once said by the American conceptual artist LeWitt, this feeling may never reach the viewer, or never leave the artist’s mind.

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L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?

C. G. – I think ArtExpo is a significant forum for cultural dialogue between multicultural and multidisciplinary artists connecting conceptual points of contact of artists from all around the world.

L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?

C. G. – According to my experience, ArtExpo is a great platform for artists from all around the world to expose their works on an international level and to communicate through art without any boundaries.

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