Interview: Cengiz Yatağan
Luca Curci talks with Cengiz Yatağan during THE SKIN PROJECT, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
Cengiz Yatağan was born in 1968. He finished his education in Istanbul before moving to Australia, where he was involved in businesses for two years. He has worked in architecture, construction and IT sectors. After specializing in renovation of historic buildings, he focused on arts. Lives and works in Istanbul.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most? What are you currently working on?
Cengiz Yatağan – Before turning into art, my professional business experience was in architecture, construction, renovation and decoration. The mental teachings of these fields were material, detail, finish, perspective, patience and focus. I combine these elements with my spiritual living and express myself by transforming my inner world on to the canvas or bring it to life by using sculpturing. For me, the thing we call art is no different from life, that’s why it is the only field where I can live my freedom of expression with honesty and sincerity. The thing I am working on right now is very enjoyable, meaningful and has a story with a deep sense. I want to announce my artistic statements in a solo exhibition in a near time frame. The topic of the exhibition is to show that broken, shed and shattered objects or living beings are prettier than unbroken and unshattered objects or living beings even though we can see or feel the broken pieces. It is a presentation, expression and explanation of accepting the nature, objects and individuals with their faults.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
CY – I find my inspiration within the life itself and from the filter I had with the lessons I learned, things I have felt and the things I have seen from life.
LC – What is your creative process like?
CY – My creative process begins after getting through my daily routine work whether I am happy or sad. After I’m done, I choose colors and music depending on my mood that day and begin painting in a spontaneous way. The process for me is theraputic as I begin and finish with a story. Usually, my stories have several senses such as life, birth, explosion, nature and existence in a spiritual way. Everybody can find a piece of themselves in my stories, and can see different things with every other glance.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
CY – Since I do not have a fixed point of view, I complete my processes by listening to my inner voice and moving forward with my flow. There is no specific theme I pursue and there is no subject I prefer either. Because I like to update myself over time. I don’t like being monotonous, It’s also against my character and lifestyle. If there is something that comes to my mind, first, I evaluate it and If It gets a minimum of seven points out of ten, I decide to implement it physically. And If I decide to implement It physically, I concentrate on It and Implement It as soon as possible.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
CY – I liked the concept very well, It’s very successful, firstly, It’s a very positive approach that artists can apply individually rather than institutionally. Secondly, It’s very special and nice to have international artists. It’s wonderful to gather and present the works of artists from all around the World. In addition, while all exhibitions and organizations were canceled during this period, It’s so nice that you show such courage and give hope to people. What inspires me is the feeling that there is hope for almost everyone.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
CY – Thank you for liking my artwork. I started making puzzle forms last year but the form I send you is a figure that I created during the pandemic period. These figures are in human form. They are exactly the same, but the painting on them shows that everyone has different characters and this is an expression that no one is exactly the same.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists? What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
CY – As I mentioned above, this is a great organization. I congratulate you for doing this job during this period with such courage. And by gathering artists together, you created an interaction, I hope to hear your voices in the coming years and I wish you continued success.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
CY – First of all, I would like to thank to Itsliquid team for their great and professional services. I just recommend that you can use your social media accounts more efficiently. You can increase the number of sharing posts and stories about your events, attended artists and their works.