February 23rd to March 30th 2011 /How I was burned, Oh the mountains

February – March, 2011

Show title: Ben nasil Yanmiyam daglar / How I was burned, Oh the mountains

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Artists: Etel Adnan,
 Antony,
 Cara Benedetto, 
Bonny Poon
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Curated by Colin Whitaker

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Antony, best known as the singer and songwriter of Antony and the Johnsons, writes, “Making pictures is a more solitary pursuit than making music. I have employed different approaches: Sometimes the process seems like erosion (burning scratching tearing). With my pencil, I try to trace something invisible, something that was always there.” (Wild Life, 2010).
 
Born in Beirut in 1925, Etel Adnan is widely recognized as one of the foremost authors, poets and playwrights of her generation. Writing across languages and continents, she has long been a singular voice in the cultural discourses of the Middle East, and painting has always been a key component to her artistic work. She writes: “Abstract art was the equivalent of poetic expression; I didn’t need to use words, but colors and lines. I didn’t need to belong to a language-oriented culture but to an open form of expression.” (1996, To Write in a Foreign Language)

Cara Benedetto uses writing and reading as vehicles to create sympathetic situations. As an instructor of experimental writing, lecturer of the perverse PowerPoint, self-published bookmaker, and clip-board-carrying event planner/curator, she begins from personal hysteria and moves through collaboration to enact something closer to empathy (maybe). A recent graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program, she is a founding member of the feminist collectives Holding Her Shape Collects and MADAM, as well as the acting communications director at Hans Eisler Nail Salon.

Bonny Poon works with installations involving film, print, bodies, photographs, and domestic objects to foreground cultural myths and narratives in relation to their larger economic structures. Desire and unconsummated love are recurring motifs that attempt seduction as both an entrypoint into the work and as a comment on orthodox notions of female subjectivity. Class, trash, bodily labor, and lifestyle-residue figure as her theoretical and material departure points, raising questions on excess and scarcity, symbolic value, and processes of social visibility and legitimation.


Ayrılık ateşten bir ok
THIS SEPARATION IS AN ARROW MADE UP OF FIRE
Nazlı yardan hiç haber yok
NOT EVEN A MESSAGEFROM MY LOVER
Benim derdim herkesten çok
MY PROBLEMS ARE MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE’S
Ben nasıl yanmıyam dağlar
HOW I WAS BURNED, OH THE MOUNTAINS
İçine düştüm bir selin
I FELL INTO A TORRENT
Kimse sormaz nedir halin
NOONE ASKSHOW I AM
Nazlı yarim olmuş gelin
MY COQUETTE LOVER IS (SOMEONE ELSE’S) BRIDE
Ben nasıl yanmıyam dağlar
HOW I WASBURNED, OH THE MOUNTAINS
Bu sevgi de bir masalmış
THIS LOVE WAS A STORY
Yar ellerle zevke dalmış
MY LOVER WASGETTING INTO PLEASURES WITH OTHERS
Unut diye haber salmış
AND THE RUMOR IS THAT SHE WANTS ME TO FORGET HER
Ben nasıl yanmıyam dağlar
HOW CAN I NOT BURN, OH THE MOUNTAINSN