Öktem&Aykut is going to present works by two young Turkish women artists, Elif Boyner(1985) and Lara Ögel(1987), at 2015 edition of Artinternational. Boyner and Ögel’s concurrent artistic practice approach the concept of ‘repetition’ critically.
The 2015 video works by Boyner and Ögel, in which both themselves play and appear, represent repetitive acts and their accompanying pieces reveal the resulting patterns. Boyner depicts many attempts of overcoming certain drags and failing to complete the acts; Ögel counts an infinite number of Turquoise beads over and over. Both practices question the consequences of deliberate repetition and invite the beholders to investigate the popularity of repetition as a notion. Is it truly meditative to individually enact the so-called cultural traditions – even if they are not directly inherited from previous generation? Does it really help to touch and become a part of Archaic objects of social rituals? Is it really cool to keep failing and trying to fail better, as those have come to suggest?
Repetition as a notion has come to be conceived as a significant part of Late-/Postmodern critique of Modernity. The Post-war schools of critical thinking rendered repetition as a contrasting concept against innovation and progress. Repetitive acts come to indicate significant social rituals and inherent patterns of individual lives. Patience and persistency revived as cultural virtues. From Social Anthropology to Neuro-science, repetition was acclaimed as remedial, therapeutic and cerebral.
The works by Boyner and Ögel to be presented on Öktem&Aykut’s booth share a common reserved attitude towards their subjects of interest, both as ideas and objects. Hence, they indicate a fresh critique of contemporary understandings of Modern vs. Late-/Postmodern values, as bits and parts of the ever-oscillating cultural topography of Turkish society.