The Wandering Tower – Virtual Exhibition
We were presenting a virtual photography exhibition on the occasion of Contemporary Istanbul with art works by Yasin Baran, Mehmet Kaçmaz and Che Seibert related to the theme and the metaphor of The Wandering Tower.
Contemporary Istanbul is the leading annual art fair in Turkey and takes place 2020 as online fair from December 21, 2020 to January 6, 2021 under the title Virtual Contemporary Istanbul. The physical edition of Contemporary Istanbul will take place in the spring of 2021.
Three photographers from Turkey and Germany – Yasin Baran, Mehmet Kaçmaz and Che Seibert – were participating with works corresponding to the motif of The Wandering Tower. Indeed, aware of the topic and the context behind it, they have shared with us various photographs from diverse locations around the world with their own characteristics, realities and absurdities and are interpreting The Wandering Tower metaphor in all its aspects.
Using the two-century old chemical-based method as a starting point for his project, Yasin Baran is defending a process he sees as a “real” ritual which he respects and praises, unfortunately slowly disappearing in the digital world. Entitled as “Baranogram“, he will exhibit photographic prints based on photos he has made in the past, produced in a special designed darkroom and therefore unique as they are impossible to reproduce. The series is uncovering his passion for photography and mysteriously represent forms and shadows giving free rein to our imagination.
Highly interested in the usage of Documentary Photography, Mehmet Kaçmaz is introducing us to photographs that are playing with fantasy and reality. The colours that pop out and mark every component of the “landscape” create extreme contrasts for the gaze and the understanding or interpretation of the work. Working as freelance photographer and teacher, his approach to people and their distorted environment are represented on a disturbing but highly interesting way.
Che Seibert is a German photographer from Wuppertal who is approaching the theme of The Wandering Tower in a more “concrete” way. One could imagine him travelling through the German countryside in search of – or randomly discovering – these unusual towers which incarnate different customs and uses of our human species. Some photos also showing the neutrality of some landscapes which could be everywhere in the world…
The Wandering Tower is the title of a surrealist short story by Sergej Prokofiev from the times of vivid migration movements on the edge of the world wars.
The Festival was quoting the title as a metaphorical frame for Mahalla 2020/2021. The tower of Babel is connected as a motive to the search for the origin of language and the access to the divine.
The Wandering Tower Festival was supported by