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 and transforming it through her own personal motifs. The performance is followed by a conversation between the two artists moderated by curator Tairone Bastien, reflecting on mutual narratives of belonging and fluid collective memories.
Image Credit: Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, “Reveries of an Underground Forest,” 2019. Courtesy of the artist.
Hera Büyüktaşçıyan (born and lives in Istanbul, Turkey) graduated from the Fine Arts Institute at Marmara University, Istanbul in 2006. The artist locates the figure of “the other” between the twinned spectres of absence and invisibility in order to weave connections between identity, memory, space, and time. Exhibitions include: GIGANTISME—ART & INDUSTRIE, Dunkirk, 2019; Neither on the Ground, nor in the Sky, ifa Galerie Berlin, 2019; Underneath the Arches, Naples, 2018; Dhaka Art Summit,Bangladesh, 2018; Armenian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, 2015; 14th Istanbul Biennial, 2015; and Jerusalem Show VII, 2014.
Keerat Kaur (born and lives in Toronto and London, ON, Canada) is an artist and artisan who works through painting, music, and architecture. She draws her creativity from Indic philosophies and creates surrealist imagery with underlying themes of spirituality and fantasia, while employing an aesthetic that evokes a dream-like quality. She received her BA in 2012 and her Master of Architecture in 2016.