Dirimart is delighted to announce, AKASHA, Heaven in a Wild Flower an exhibition by New
York based Turkish artist Haluk Akakçe. The exhibition, at Dirimart Dolapdere’s pop-up space
during the 15th İstanbul Biennial, emphasizes the different aspects of the artist’s practice,
foregrounding his balanced relationship with media that goes beyond physical and spiritual
worlds. Akakçe’s charcoal drawings will be exhibited for the first time in Europe, paintings
and reliefs are featured in this exhibition.
The artist’s fluid, cyclical forms that he depicts with a single wrist motion repeat a mantra
that reveals how we construct our own worlds and how we are mirrored at every moment.
The small-scale charcoal drawings that the artist first exhibited at the Drawing Center in New
York in 1998 go beyond their boundaries and transform into reliefs projected onto the walls
of the exhibition space. The permeable, breathing sketches are ballet dancers, denying their
own weight. Akasha, the root of all religions, the light, sound, vibration in the universe, is at
the center of the exhibition, a literary archive where everything is recorded. Akakçe thus
opens up various doors to his own artistic archive through this sensibility.
Haluk Akakçe (b.1970, Ankara) is a Turkish artist living and working in New York whose work
explores the intersections between society and technology through video animations,
paintings and sound installations. Akakçe formally trained in an architecture in Bilkent
University, Ankara then graduated with an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of
Chicago. Akakçe’s works is included in several major international collections: MoMA, New
York; British Art Fund, London; MAXXI, Rome; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Istanbul
Modern, Istanbul; Hoffman Collection, Berlin; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
For detailed information please contact the gallery at [email protected] or + 90 212 232 66