Hera Büyüktaşcıyan

2019 Program & Exhibition Artist

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan (born in 1984, Istanbul, Turkey) is an artist with a multidisciplinary practice who considers notions of absence and invisibility with the aquatic nature of memory, time and space. Selected local and international exhibitions include the New Museum Triennial, New York (2021); the 3rd Autostrada Biennial, Kosovo (2021); the British Museum, London (2021); On Stones and Palimpsests, Green Art Gallery, Dubai (2020); the Lahore Biennial 02, Pakistan (2020); the 6th Singapore Biennial (2019); IFA Galerie, Berlin (2019); the national pavilion of Armenia, 56th Venice Biennale (2015); and The Jerusalem Show VII, Jerusalem (2014). In 2019, she received the Emerging Artist Prize at the Toronto Biennial.


Hera Büyüktaşçiyan at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

Büyüktaşçıyan’s installation, Reveries of an Underground Forest, consists of carpets rolled to resemble the stumps of trees, inspired by the forests that once flourished in the Toronto region and are now buried under the foundations of our modern city. The carpets are embellished with linear burn patterns that are reminiscent of ethnic motifs, aerial maps […]

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September 21 – December 1, 2019


Reveries of an Underground Forest: A Conversation Between Two Forests

Artist Hera Büyüktaşçıyan’s installation Reveries of an Underground Forest (2019), reflects on the notion of invisible foundations of lost spaces, implying movements of people through history to retrace the lost fragments of social and personal narratives. Through a performance, musician and artist Keerat Kaur relates to the installation in song, recollecting the Punjabi Folk Music musical tradition […]