Hera Büyüktaşcıyan

Born Istanbul, Turkey 1984. Lives in Istanbul.

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan 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. She works as a storyteller, integrating metaphors from local myths, historic and iconographic elements of different geographies seeking to open up new narrative scopes. Water is a recurring theme in this artist’s practice, referring to what she understands as the fluid, aquatic nature of memory.

Her most recent works enquire into the meaning of 'absence' within collective memory. There is a focus on urban transformation and in the senses of disappearance, invisibility and isolation it causes.

Büyüktaşçıyan graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting department in 2006.

Past residencies include Delfina Foundation, London (2014); Villa Waldberta, Munich (2012–13); AIR­Drop, Stockholm (2012); PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, Istanbul (2012); and ACSL, Yerevan, (2011).

Selected exhibitions include: On Threads and Frequencies, GIGANTISME, Dunkirk (2019); Solo exhibition at Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) Gallery, Berlin (2019); That is Water, This is Earth, Marfa’ Projects, Beirut (2018); School Square Galatasaray, Pera Museum, Istanbul (2018); Planetary Planning, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2018); Write Injuries on Sand and Kindness in Marble, Green Art Gallery, Dubai (2017); A Particular Scenario, Scenario II, The Optometry Room, Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam (2016); Still (the) Barbarians, EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick (2016); 1497,


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