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Murat Germen (Turkish, b. 1965)
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Murat Germen (Turkish, b. 1965)

Muta-morphosis Istanbul collage

Murat Germen (Turkish, b. 1965)
Muta-morphosis Istanbul collage
signed, dated and inscribed (on a label affixed to the reverse)
chromogenic print mounted on 3mm dibond; diptych
each: 49¼ x 93¼in. (125 x 237cm.)
overall: 49¼ x 186½in. (125 x 474cm.)
Executed in 2011; this work is unique
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The different traces left by various people and slices of time co-exist as layers in cities that have a particular past. The global trends and economical conditions strain this multi-layered traditional urban structure. An architecture with a language that cannot be considered as local anymore but universal, attacks the old texture of cities during the urban growth. This intervention usually implemented through gentrification supported by big capital, causes the urban tissue and its components to face mutation and even beyond this, undergo metamorphosis. Following this interaction and consecutive natural selection, some constituents disappear and some survive after being transformed.

The concept of 'muta-morphosis', a combination of the notions of mutation and metamorphosis, and the connected artwork series was obtained by reducing panoramic images on one axis. Structurally, the image compression on the horizontal level points to the dynamics between the urban components that can persist and the ones that give up, vanish in the various cultural, historical, residential and business urban districts. The visual urban result obtained after this contraction process points to the much discussed notion of evolution, where stronger components of existence survive the others after a natural selection process and change the course of life.

The lack of a single perspectival structure due to multiplicity of perspectives after panoramic imaging, can be metaphorically linked to Ottoman miniatures, which in turn, connects the global contemporary representation to its local traditional counterpart.
(Murat Germen on 'Muta-morphosis')

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