Nazlı Gürlek

Given States or What Would You Do? 

2019

Mixed media installation, oil paint on canvas, copper, latex, foam, organic materials, dimensions variable 


Various painted surfaces and three-dimensional elements come together to evoke the immersive vision of a post-patriarchal, healing, embodied and re-connected feminine world. Various decomposed body parts such as nipples and veins painted on large unprimed canvases with oil paint, vegetable oils and soil, come together with ready-mades such as copper bowls and dead tree branches. The installation is something between a shamanic ritual site and a performance set awaiting its potential activators. 


The title is a playful reference to Marcel Duchamp's “Étant Donnés (Given States)" (1946-66) where a naked woman's body lying on its back is offered to the spectator's gaze through a peep hole. I respond to Duchamp's passivization of the female body by restoring its agency as a living, healing, performing subject.