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Serkan Demir *1975, Kahramanmaras, Turkey. Lives and works in Bolu, Turkey

Serkan Demir generally seeks to create a cultural map of impressions based on the political realities of the geography he inhabits. This map he relates to Eastern myth and narrative illustrates through ironic language various geographical strategies, intervention mechanisms and social practices. The limits of faith and the transformation thereof in daily life, two of the main issues in his work, constitute the principal motifs of his artistic output in recent years.
Opting for diverse exhibition practices such as installations, moving constructions and small sculptures, the artist describes his work as texts of ‘visual investigation’. At the same time emphasizes the concept of ‘confrontation’ with his works that remind us of how the political, religious, ideological, and social discontent existing in practice is handled. This confrontation is at the same time the confrontation of the humane and the inhumane, and a declarative state where we encounter traces of our interaction with the geography we inhabit and all its components. In an ironic language, we observe in this declaration all that we witness as humans and the phases of transformation of the artistic image.

Serkan Demir was born in 1975 in Kahramanmaraş, Göksun. He graduated from Gazi University Department of Arts and Crafts Instruction in 1999 and completed his graduate degree in Hacettepe University Faculty of Fine Arts Sculpture Department in 2003. The artist fulfilled the requirements for the Program of Competency in Art in 2009 at the same university and department, and still continues his studies as a teaching fellow at Abant İzzet Baysal University Faculty of Fine Arts. He is the co-founder of Yaygara Current Art Initiative.


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