Galeri Zilberman is pleased to announce Ahmet Elhan's new exhibition titled “Ground Glass”. This will be the artist's second solo exhibition at the gallery, and it will be open to public between 9 January and19 March at the gallery's main space.
In Ground Glass, the artist focusses on photography's own tradition and the notion of mastery. In creating this new exhibition with artistic sensitivity towards visual exuberancy in today's world, he proposes an alternative view against the manipulation of the hastily produced and consumed digital photography, and how it conceals the truth photographically.
In his previous works, Elhan would divide the exhibition space into its times, creating different space constructs and perceptions. In one part of this series, called Zaman ve Mekan (Time and Space), he divided structures into thousands of pieces and put them back together to fluidly transform them, while in Mürekkep (Ink) in 2013, he superimposed hodiernal figures and 18th century gravures that depict the Ottoman spaces, highlighting the bigger temporal refractions using platinum-palladium print. The figures also overlapped in these works, defining a most transitive, ambiguous gap through new forms which were not only timeless and spaceless, but also sexless.
Switching his focus from the space to the figure during the process, Elhan points his camera to nature and pursues the plain one, the one that's there, giving references to the craft and history of photography. He reminds that in today's visual chaos, a different approach is possible. The works at the exhibition show resistance to today's reflex of creating hastily with digital photography, by using landscape and nature photography's characteristic of producing image in a long period of time as a call to reflect on photography, thus emphasising the value of stopping and planning the shots over photographs produced without thinking.
Elhan ensures that his nature photographs are evaluated analytically by adding the lines on the ground glass to them, thus drawing attention to the subject of composition. In this way, he also underlines the issue of photography being the proof or reflection of truth, advising the audience not to believe what they see with their eyes and invites them to spend time in front of the Ground Glass and think about what photography could offer as a material.
Ground Glass by Ahmet Elhan can be visited at the gallery's main exhibition space on the third floor of Mısır Apartmanı until 19 March. For more information, please contact Zeynep Temiz at email@example.com.
Ahmet Elhan (1959, İzmir): After completing his undergraduate degree at Marmara University's Graphic Design Department, he went on to graduate from the Cinema-TV Department at Dokuz Eylül University. As well as participating in many national and international group exhibitions, he has opened fourteen solo exhibitions to date. His works are part of many important corporate and private collections both in Turkey and abroad. He lives and works in Istanbul.