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I am Nobody. Are You Nobody Too?

Group show including works by Ryan Gander and Elina Brotherus
Meşher, Istanbul
September 14, 2022 - February 12, 2023

The group exhibition I Am Nobody. Are You Nobody Too? that is inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus and their unrequited love opened at Meşher on September 14, 2022. Curated by Selen Ansen, this exhibition interprets the themes of reflection, resonance and metamorphosis that are provided by the myth in the light of contemporary artistic and social dynamics. I Am Nobody features nearly 120 works by 44 artists from Turkey and abroad, including works created with various mediums for this exhibition with the support of the Vehbi Koç Foundation. The works that are on display in the three floors of Meşher’s exhibition space can be experienced until February 12, 2023.

Referring with its title to Emily Dickinson’s poem “I am nobody! Who are you?”, the exhibition invites visitors to a sensitive space where numerous yous, Is, desires, narratives, images and experiences are intertwined. It adopts the circular and repetitive structure of the mythological narrative. Valuing the remnants of bygone lives, I Am Nobody. Are You Nobody Too? highlights at the same time the distances that are necessary for things remote, past or foreign to reach out to us and graft themselves onto our lives.

The works on display actualize a space where the visible, the audible and the tangible intersect, allowing to experience various forms of relationships between skin and voice, voice and shape, self and other, human and non-human beings, material and immaterial phenomena. Connecting with actual issues related to reflection and illusion, it also presents artistic approaches to elements such as face, mirror, shadow and trace, which have been associated throughout history with body, appearance / disappearance, identity and representation.

Artists: Marina Abramović, Erol Akyavaş, Dieter Appelt, Koray Ariş, Eylül Aslan, Levent Aygül, Mehtap Baydu, Deniz Bilgin, Handan Börüteçene, Elina Brotherus, Betty Bui, Claude Cahun, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Laurence Demaison, Lee Friedlander, Ryan Gander, Nan Goldin, Jessica Harrison, Camille Henrot, Charles Holland & Elly Ward, Talbot Hughes, John Isaacs, Fatoş İrwen, Gizem Karakaş, Nermin Kura, Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba, Bevis Martin & Charlie Youle, Radenko Milak, İz Öztat, İz & Ra, Evan Penny, Gerhard Richter, Necla Rüzgar, Stéphanie Saadé, Fabrice Samyn, Jenny Saville & Glen Luchford, Yusuf Sevinçli, Yaşam Şaşmazer, Ayça Telgeren, Defne Tesal, VOID

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