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multiple choice

anti-pop, buğra erol, didem erbaş, korhan karaoysal, nesren jake, seher uysal

21 Şubat February / 28 Mart March 2015

multiple choice


Daire Gallery is hosting the collective exhibition “Multiple-Choice” that encompasses the works of Anti-pop, Didem Erbaş, Buğra Erol, Korhan Karaoysal and Seher Uysal. The idea of the show is to bring together the artists whose works mainly focus on education, school years and studentship themes. It is broadly accepted that childhood and primary education are important periods in the process of the formation of memory. Therefore this show puts these periods in its centre, investigates the contribution of these years to the collective memory and by doing so takes a closer look to the artists’ works that are especially interested in these topics and the rationales that accompany their works.

“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”

G.G. Marquez

Our memory is shaped by the act of remembrance, by the residues of our own life story. But it is in fact based on moments that are perceived by many people at the same moment. Memory only exists in relation with our, either immediate or distant, environment. One, even though might not know the history of the society, government, or the geography he or she lives in, usually knows his/her home, school and the surroundings and these are the components that shape his or her memory and also contributes to his or her identity.

Memory, physically, belongs to one human being but it reaches beyond our physical body and gets connected to the society. For sure there is no physical memory that belongs to an entire society. But the memories of the individuals are strongly related to the society, which has a great impact on what we remember and how we remember the events happened to us. Even our most intimate memories are formed through the interrelations of social groups.

Scholars in this field, also argue that our individual memories possess a strong social aspect, and a collective memory is basically a group of individual memories acting together. The works of artists, chosen to be presented in the show Multiple-Choice, are curated around this point of view. Each artist is telling the story of his or her own past, places, figures and events but by doing so contributing to something at a collective and social level from different aspects.

Memory, in its nature, is strongly dependent on place. We are able to recall things when they have an actual place that contains them and gives them an order. So this time, in this exhibition, the memories we recall are the ones associated with the rituals of primary school and these memories refer to multiple places where these rituals have happened.

So, In Multiple-Choice, the years of primary education and childhood are being reconstructed in artists’ works with the help of the “memory”. Putting in Assmann’s words, the pasts of the artists are being “reorganized” in today’s context and volatile relationships. The relationship between the audience and works of artists also triggers the act of remembering and involves in this reorganising process.

In this collective exhibition on collective memory, as each artist refers to his or her own social, political and ideological contexts they create a multi-dimensional environment in which every one of us could find something related to our own school years and our own particular childhood memories.