Nazlı Gürlek Hodder

We Belong
Faucet handle, copper

32 cm diameter

We Belong stands as a symbol of all things cyclical, inspired by Ouroboros, the ancient Egyptian symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. The ouroboros is often interpreted as a symbol for eternal cyclic renewal or a cycle of life, death, and rebirth. The skin-sloughing process of snakes symbolizes the transmigration of souls, the snake biting its own tail is a fertility symbol in some religions, and the tail of the snake is a phallic symbol, the mouth is a yonic or womb-like symbol. Here, the faucet handle used as a ready-made object is combined with copper, which occurs in nature in a directly usable metallic form and is the earliest metal used by humans 8000 BC.

Installation view from: "Nazlı Gürlek Hodder: In The Body", Evliyagil Dolapdere, Istanbul, November 07, 2020 - January 31, 2021