Sunday, March 12, 2006

Nezaket Ekici Hullabelly & Veil Fight
at Feigen Contemporary

Schleierkampf/Veil Fight, 2004
still from DVD with sound, 3 minutes

With inimitable style, Nezaket Ekici takes up the tradition of her idol, Marina Abramovic, yet both textually and formally she shifts the emphasis in order to superimpose authenticity and artefact like x-ray images and thus illuminate questions of identity. »In her work, Marina Abramovic does literally everything with the body (...) I try rather to incorporate the body in the installation. I love the concept of the »Gesamtkunstwerk«. Born in Turkey, Ekici moved at the age of three to Germany, and still cannot say whether she had a German or a Turkish upbringing. »Above all, I had a very strict education, which I try to break out of by performing«. As much as Nezaket Ekici might try to escape this strictness, it also remains the major formal characteristic and criterion of her work....
The adventure of discovery lies between (cultural) proximity and distance. Nezaket Ekici elucidates this with the motif of »veiling«, a thread that runs through all her previous work. She dons countless layers of clothing; or completely wraps her body in raw meat, leaving only the narrow slit of her eyes uncovered. »To veil« is always simultaneously »to unveil«. Cultural patterns both conceal and protect at the same time. The cultural voyage in Nezaket Ekici's work is always a voyage of sensuous surprises that take the word experience literally: to the point of delivery, shortly before the next departure.
Dr. Hans-Jörg Clement

Nezaket Ekici, acclaimed installation artist of Directors Lounge 2005,
is currently presented in the exhibition "Blessed are the Merciful" curated by Jerome Jacobs of aeroplastics fame.
Feigen Contemporary
February 10 - April 29, 2006

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