Moving Image Co-Founders on the Rise of Video Art in Turkey
Gizem Karakaş (Ankara, 1987) lives and works in Istanbul. She completed her undergraduate studies in Arts plastiques et sciences de l’art in 2009 and received her graduate in Arts et medias numériques in 2011 from Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. She participated in many group show including ‘Akbank Contemporary Artists Prize Exhibition’, Akbank Sanat, İstanbul (2014); ‘Formless, Fluid Reality in New Media Art’, santralistanbul Energy Museum, İstanbul (2014); 'Young, Fresh, Different 4', CDA Projects, İstanbul (2013), ‘The Incredible Live Streaming Found Footage Show’ (as part of Hors Piste Festival, new media performance series), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2011); 'Sans Expérience/Sens Expérience', Galerie Michel Journiac, Paris (2007). Karakaş has been developing collaborative projects, as 'Medyartiz' with Etem Şahin since 2009. Some of their performance works were shown at Art International (Istanbul), Polistar (Istanbul), Maquis Projects (Izmir), Sütüdyo (Izmir).
ATTENTION! ATTENTION! series displays in an ironic tone the relations of the artist with the gallery owner, the collector, the journalist and the art lover by way of four different videos. In each of the videos, the artist conveys his thoughts about the different figures of the art sector to the viewer through his inner voice. The artist expresses his very obvious ambitions such as making the gallery exhibit his works, the collector to buy them, the press to talk about him and the art lover to view his works in a very untraditional manner. This series, which takes the basic ambitions as its starting point, renders the ordinary absurd; and this becomes the aim of the work, its raison d’être.