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Von Wolfe

Von Wolfe, a British artist with German and Polish roots, lives and works in London. Achieving international recognition, his artwork has been showcased in esteemed institutions globally including Musée Quai Branly, Ateneum Museum and Stockholm’s National Museum. Situated in the heart of Istanbul, a city where the threads of ancient and contemporary history intertwine, Von Wolfe’s exhibition, Odyssey stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of women. Drawing inspiration from the poignant Sarcophagus of the Mourning Women housed in Istanbul’s Archaeology Museum, the artworks in Odyssey engage in a subtle dialogue with Istanbul’s layered history. The marble work of the mourning women, with its raw emotional outpour, resonates with the contemporary tales of turmoil showcased in Odyssey.

By reimagining Homer’s male-dominated narrative of Odysseus’s tumultuous journey on the ocean and placing women at the forefront, the exhibition challenges traditional gender roles and emphasizes the universality of human experience and resilience. Featuring twelve powerful depictions of women who battle against the raging seas, the exhibition presents a vivid tableau of emotion, strength, and vulnerability. Their self-assured contemporary attire, juxtaposed with the primal act of screaming, symbolizes a complex interplay of vulnerability and determination. The thirteenth piece, a monumental artwork at the altar towering four meters high, showcases a contemporary woman, cloaked in leather, standing alongside a commanding black dog. This enigmatic duo captures the essence of the exhibition—radiating resilience and an unyielding spirit. The exhibition epitomises the symbiotic relationship between the artist and cutting-edge technology; Von Wolfe’s creative process oscillates between intuitive human judgment and a sophisticated node-based system employing diffusion models. The chosen medium of transmounted chromogenic transparencies showcased on aluminium lightboxes serve as an eloquent tribute to Istanbul’s storied tradition of illuminated artistry—from the glowing mosaics of Hagia Sophia to the incandescent stained glass of the Blue Mosque.

ARTISTS

Von Wolfe

DATES

5-15 October 2023

VENUE

Yeldeğirmeni Art

Open everyday 10:30 – 20:00