Füsun Onur “Once upon a time…”, Turkish Pavilion at Arsenale, Venice


“Once on a time…”, a new set up by a single of the pioneers of Turkish present-day and conceptual artwork, Füsun Onur, is offered at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 59th Intercontinental Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Commissioned and developed by the Istanbul Foundation for Lifestyle and Arts (İKSV) and realised with the contribution of the Ministry of Lifestyle and Tourism below the auspices of the Ministry of Overseas Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, the exhibition is curated by Bige Örer.

Füsun Onur has pushed the boundaries of portray and sculpture for additional than half a century, giving kind to her art by means of intuition and instinct and building a language beyond time. Uninterested in dominant art-world traits, Onur has continued to deliver delicate and discreet is effective for decades, built from basic, each day components charged with autobiographical references. A highly influential determine in the present-day art scene in Turkey, she has a world-wide presence but has been below-recognised in the intercontinental art planet. Her exercise, which can be recognized by way of the lens of feminist artwork background, draws on her private lifetime and employs traditional and domestic mediums, these kinds of as weaving and textiles.

At the 59th Intercontinental Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Onur displays a new set up titled “Once on a time…”, in which she has established diverse figures and scenes by bending and shaping steel wire. It is as much a portrait of a time filled with anxiousness, concern, and ambivalence as it is of the thoughts of solidarity, love, and the joy of lifestyle. In “Once upon a time…”, the artist tells an evocative story applying a minimalist technique, turning a significant eye on the up to date ailment and inevitably the pandemic, and the threats they pose to the long term of the planet.

Onur has labored for the previous two decades to develop a fable that unravels about clouds spread all over the Pavilion of Turkey exhibition room. In her set up, she depicts a battle waged by cats and mice united from the governing logics of anthropocentrism, which harms character and the world by arrogantly ruling more than them. Her figures, with their ping-pong-ball heads and vibrant clothing made from crepe paper, dance, make new music, vacation, and fall in like.

Füsun Onur clarifies: “Wherever I go, I just take Istanbul with me. At the time on a time… is a tale set in the pandemic, which starts off in Istanbul and ends in Venice. I convey to the tale of a quite smart mouse, who joins forces with a cat for a divine intention: to aid help save the ecosystem individuals have destroyed. Alongside one another they unite and sail to Venice, wherever our key character finds appreciate soon after the most tough of instances. It is a tale of solidarity, really like and the joy of becoming capable to keep alongside one another. And just like the fairy tales, we really do not know how specifically it ends… for now.”

Devised like the scenes of a phase engage in, the installation opens the doorway on to a new and thrilling globe. In a time when everyone’s life has been turned upside down, when all regarded truths are getting questioned, Onur as soon as once more casts aside all expectations to build her very own scale, giving a masterwork about conceiving alternative worlds, generating new languages, discovering from nonhumans, and loving and residing collectively. Just about every scene can be understood on its very own but together kind a narrative that seems to be back again on the existing from numerous generations in the foreseeable future.

Onur provides simple notes for every single scene that concisely narrate the tale with poetic language. Narrative does not supersede the planet skilled in the exhibition area it merely accompanies the viewer, supplying keys to enter into the fable. The ending is remaining to the viewer it invitations quite a few alternatives and encourages us to picture distinct narratives, adding new meanings to the exhibition by viewing it through our own connection to the world, to art, and to Venice.

The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of İlhan Onur, whom we misplaced recently. She has been far more than a beloved sister, supporting Füsun Onur in the course of her whole daily life. She established the archive, photographed each individual exhibition and collected all the facts. She was the a single who searched for resources, supported the generation and the installation of the will work and celebrated Füsun’s creativity. We feel her memory will live alongside one another with this exhibition.

At Arsenale, Venice
right until November 27, 2022


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