• Modern and Contemporary Arab,  auction at Christies

    Sale 8057

    Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art Part I

    17 April 2012, Dubai

  • Lot 27

    Azade Köker (Turkish, b. 1949)

    And It Was My Life That Was Flowing Slowly

    Price Realised  


    Azade Köker (Turkish, b. 1949)
    And It Was My Life That Was Flowing Slowly
    signed 'Köker' (lower right)
    mixed media on canvas
    55 1/8 x 85 3/8in. (140 x 217cm.)
    Executed in 2012

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    'Those who do not even know how to knead a handful of soil.
    Dull people lacking emotions.
    This is my soul, my most sacred essence...
    These are the working hours. The hours when my soul is on fire.
    While you wine and dine, make fun, ingurgitate voraciously, I was alone with my statue.'
    (Camille Claudel).

    'By restructuring the portrait of Camille Claudel, I have tried to make new and ambiguous expressions arise from a composition made of hundreds of human figures. There are different approaches to the personality and life of Camille Claudel. While feminists claim that she succumbed to a complicated life of love, hate and rumpus stemming from her tumultuous relationship with the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, her biographers and psychiatrists considered her as an overwhelmingly ambitious sculptor endowed with the features of a young, successful and beautiful female artist. As a young sculptor, Camille Claudel attended lectures held by Auguste Rodin, posed as a model for his sculptors and quickly became his lover. Yet, who is Camille Claudel? Is she a woman who was ruined by a man and then abandoned her art and became insane? Or were her artistic ambitions opposed to her social values? Did she succumb to a lifetime of loneliness? These questions do not hold a single answer. Through photography and collage, I have rebuilt the cultural portrait of Camille Claudel. Everyone, no matter from which angle they look at the image, will find different answers. In all honesty, it appears to me that Camille Claudel is sending us a glimmer of expression through the human figures who appear sad and decisive.'
    (Azade Köker, Berlin, February 2012).

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