Braverman Gallery presents Nezaket Ekici at LOOP14

LOOP Barcelona
May 15, 2014 3:50PM

Nezaket EkiciDisguise, 20139’56’’ Single channel, HD video, color, soundPresented by Braverman Gallery (Tel Aviv) at #LOOP14

The idea for this work developed from Nezaket Ekici’s former Performance “PermanentWords”, 2009, in which she also hangs upside down reciting newspapers, quotations from the Quran and personal statements concerning the situation of women in the Islamic world with all its benefits and disadvantages. Some stories tell about young women, even young girls, who experience violence against them, others about the view on women from the traditional perspective of the Quran. Some of the stories come from Ekici's personal diary.

In her new Video Performance “Disguise”she takes a step further, showing a woman that finds herself not only up-side down, but who is hindered to act and to talk because of black plaster that covers hear head, face and mouth. The artist becomes less and less comfortable in her situation, becoming even more emotional towards the end, when she is forced to shut up by plaster covering her mouth and a man's hands holding her head.

On the one hand, the statement of this work is obvious: the work deals with women place in society in Islamic countries, who are forced to behave according to the rules of tradition. Women's rights are restricted nowadays in many places, despite the Western view that equality exists.

On the other hand, the works provokes a discussion of freedom in a broader extent. The fact that Ekici hangs up-side down challenges the notion of movement and choice. Additionally, her voice serves as the last resort to express her criticism and feelings, which eventually has to surrender to a stronger force. The work provokes fear and a concern that this could happen to oneself, both men and women. In this way, Disguise discusses an existential dimension of human being.

Nezaket Ekici was born in 1970 in Kirsehir, Turkey. She has been living in Germany since 1973. 

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