Ottoman Euro

Materials: leather, textile print, bordure,

dimensions: 120 cm x 65 cm, (2016)

 

Louis XIV was the first European regent to invite the Ottomans to his court. In the wake of this cultural exchange, the French started implementing Ottoman furniture in their royal quarters. The term Turquioserie derives from this period and refers to Turkish aesthetic elements as a constitutive component in rococo furniture of the era. In French high society wearing turbans and caftans gradually became fashionable, as well as lying on rugs and cushions. This sculpture is an amalgamation of Turkish and European culture by fusing furniture and monetary currency from these respective regions.

Baba Diptych

Media: SD Pal. Duration: 2:29 minutes, (2016)

This work consists of a family home video filmed by the artist in 1996 juxtaposed with a replica of the video made by the artist twenty years later which was recorded with the same camera in the same location.