WG.78
Pinar Yolaçan, Nudes/Corpo Mecânico

November 20 - January 23, 2015

In her newest works, Pinar Yolaçan collaborates with her models in theatrical and innovative ways. The resulting images of painted women, shown for the exhibition in diptychs and triptychs, possess the appearance of film stills from a movie that is simultaneously futuristic and ancient, revealing and cryptic, anonymously cast and universally recognized. Her woman are confident and open; they allow us to see them in the way that they see themselves. Bodies are isolated and framed not as fashionable posed objects for surface delectation but as invitations to study nothing less than what it means to be human and, more powerfully, female.

Doug McClemont

Pinar Yolacan

With her elaborately staged photographs of women in their various cultures, Pinar Yolacan approaches a whole range of issues that refers to art history. Beauty, history, fashion, the female body, religion, colonialism, cultural heritage and the recurrent subject of death get examined in a new light through her camera.

Local culture and circumstances are the fundamental elements in Pinar Yolacans meetings with people and add a social and communicative aspect to her work. She takes on the role as an observer who examines historical, traditional and aesthetic contexts. In her photographic series the textiles are given an expanded role as a cultural fabric surrounding our identities. By covering the entire body and their faces the women remain anonymous and turn into sculptures, they become an abstract image of “the woman” putting questions about her role as the bearer of life and the ideal of beauty. Again, the textiles are directly linked to the motifs as the overalls take up the colour and structure of the material of the antique figurines.

Pinar Yolacan was born in Ankara, Turkey, 1981, and studied art and fashion design in London (Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and Chelsea School of Art and Design) and New York (Cooper Union School of Art). Her work has attracted extensive attention internationally and has exhibited in the United States, Europe, South Africa and Turkey. She is represented in The Saatchi Collection (London), The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), Kiasma (Helsinki) and the International Center of Photography (New York).

Other work by
Pinar Yolacan

Nudes/Corpo Mecânico, 2012-2014
© Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
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Nudes / Corpo Mecânico, Wetterling Gallery, 2015, Installation shoots
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
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Representation and the Body, 2012
C-print. © Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
C-print. © Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
C-print. © Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
C-print. © Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
C-print. © Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
C-print. © Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
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2007-2009
C-print. © Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
C-print. © Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
Digital C-print. © Pinar Yolaçan / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery