Archive | September, 2013

Uncensored: 5 Years Installation by Yasemin Yilmaz

19 Sep

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Uncensored: 5 years is the newest photographic installation by Hanover-Berlin-Barcelona based artist Yasemin Yilmaz, and is currently in the group exhibition Ich warte auf mich  Osterwald – Garbsen Germany. Yasemin is constantly exploring the different perceptions and experiences of time and place in her work. In the centre of the installation, a screen flashes 28 000 unedited photographs at 2000 times the normal speed. These images are a chronological record of the last five years of the artist’s life condensed into a 1hr 40min video. The image of Yasemin’s walking feet is repeated in the video reel and symbolises her constant movement between countries for art symposiums and exhibitions from 2009 – 2013. The hundreds of photographs of signposts taken on the move, are glued to the walls surrounding the screen and act as a geographic anchor for her travels. Handwritten on a small canvas opposite the installation is the rhetorical question – How long is now? Can we capture a moment in time when it is simultaneously fast and slow, static and in motion, seen and unseen?

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The installation is a dialogue between analogue and digital photography. Yasemin commented that in the past, analogue photography was a slow process that involved careful documentation of significant moments in time. The photographer was aware of the limited number of photographs, around 24 per film, and took time to consider composition, lighting and capturing the subject. After a few days or weeks the pictures were developed, and only a few of the best that were not over-exposed, blurry or ill-composed, would be carefully pasted into a photo album for posterity. Now there is the possibility to rapidly take endless digital photographs with a camera, phone, tablet or laptop, and immediately delete or edit shots using software. Even a bad photograph can be cropped, sharpened and adjusted with filters. These photographs become either an instant public record of a person’s daily life that is posted and shared with a community of friends, family and strangers online or they are saved on an external hard drive never to be seen again.

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Yasemin intentionally restrained from editing the photographs for content or quality. The personal moments are mixed with the professional and there are upside down and blurry images juxtaposed against more picturesque and high resolution shots. She believes that in this way the project is a more authentic record of her last five years. The installation acknowledges, and to some degree accepts, the way that social networking has changed our connection to our photographs – our memories and lives are no longer a private album of solitary and sentimental moments, but an open stream of images posted online, shared, tagged and commented on by others.

 

Uncensored: 5 years offers the audience two experiences of time: the slow pause for reflection on the past and consideration of the future with the static images on the walls, and the speed and fleeting nature of the now, in the video loop. Despite the quantity of photographs, it is clear from the installation that it is almost impossible to create a complete record of a life time. Even in the production of the video, images were erased or the time signature changed by mistake.

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In the context of the exhibition Ich warte auf mich (I wait for myself), Yasemin considered the process of collating the images for the installation as a moment in which she was able to wait for a complete image of her last five years to emerge. In this time she came to the realisation that we need signposts in our lives, moments when we are forced to stop and reflect, and catch hold of who we are, and where we are, in the rapid pace of the everyday.

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Ich warte auf mich is open from the 15/09/2013 – 06/10/2013 in Garbsen-Osterwald Germany and includes small paintings by Kim Goldsmith (Australia – Germany) within Yasemin Yilmaz’ installation.

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