Protocinema presents an exhibition by Lara Ögel, Come Back! All Is Forgiven, a newly commissioned installation, sculpture, and video co-curated by Mary Rinebold Copeland. Come Back! All Is Forgiven reflects on matriarchy, and the current role of doubt, fear and uncertainty in our societies.
Come Back! All is Forgiven, 2016 is a new video comprised of several found moving images around the theme of ‘running away,’ related to the ‘fight or flight’ impulse to survive when one is seemingly out of options. This could be manifested in: youth running away from home; lovers ending relationships; citizens fleeing a nation. Rules are broken and the negotiation with authority begins again.
Lara Ögel’s group of works, Baba-Anne, Baba-Anne, Ann and Bab, all 2016, are constructed with a window from her late grandmothers home, in Izmir, and wallpaper, frames and objects from France. In Turkish, the word grandmother is translated to babaanne – literal English translation is father-mother – embodying both genders. How can I run away from what is essentially part of me? Ögel uses the dissonance of a dismantled place, her grandmother’s home, by attempting to keep her memories bred there alive. Addressing matriarchal stability, these works emphasizes the domestic as both intimate, and as the foundation for larger social systems. Ögel will combine these delicate, nostalgic materials to create a sculpture and space for the viewer to walk through. Here, Ögel suffuses shifting conceptions of house/home, of displacement and migration. Elements of Come Back! All is Forgiven and two of these constructions are made with discarded "poteau" found in Istanbul and Paris. In Turkey, the “baba” is the name for this civic object, and also the word for “father”. These works begin to reflect on the current crisis of masculinity. Within municipality structure, baba serve to limit and direct pedestrian traffic on sidewalks; while the column-like shape, name, and function indicate the deeply patriarchal underpinnings of the societies that produce them.
Lara Ögel, İzmir 1987, lives in Istanbul. Selected solo exhibitions include; One Wall One Pedestal, Contemporary Istanbul, 2014; The Happy Average, Öktem & Aykut, Istanbul, 2014; 1+1=3, Un-Known, Istanbul, 2013. Selected group exhibitions include; Past, in Each of its Moments, be Citable, DEPO, Istanbul, 2016; Beirut Art Residency Open Studios, Beirut, Lebanon, 2016; So Close From Far, Bilgi University CSM, Istanbul, 2015; The Moving Museum Istanbul, Şişhane Otopark, 2014 and a two person show with Can Boyan in Karaköy Külah, Istanbul, 2014. Her work is featured in publications; The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to Extreme Present by Douglas Coupland, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Shumon Basar, 2015 and South by Southeast, edited by Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong, 2016. Ögel holds a bachelor degree in Screen Studies/Film from Clark University, Worcester, MA and has completed Intensive Foundation program at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, UK.
This exhibition has been made possible through the support of SAHA – supporting contemporary art from Turkey.
Special Thanks to Ekim Alptekin, Olivier Antoine, Anlam Arslanoglu, Laurent Atlan, Daniele Balice, Sarina Basta, Julie Boukobza, Suela Cennet, Marc Copeland, Mathieu Copeland, Marie-Sophie Eiche-Demester, Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth, Franck Liebovici, Charels Garcin, Temel Kotil, David Lyon, Fırat Övür, Mahmut & Julide Övür, François Quintin, Asli Seven, Caroline Soyez-Petithomme, Elif Temizkan, and Christoph Wiesner.
Protocinema is a mission driven, 501(c)3, art organization realizing site-aware exhibitions in different spaces around the world. The organization is itinerant and site-specific, free of “brick and mortar”. Protocinema seeks to open up dialogue and improve mutual understanding between individuals through art. Founded by Mari Spirito in 2011.
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