My Name Was Written On Every Page

New special exhibition: 04.11.2021 - 24.04.2022

 

»My Name Was Written on Every Page«
Series 2021, Ink on paper

GRIMMWELT Kassel is opening its new special exhibition on 4 November 2021: for the first time, over one hundred drawings and watercolours by the Turkish artist Necla Rüzgar (born 1972) will be showcased in a solo exhibition in Germany.

Most of the works in the exhibition belong to the series called »My Name Was Written On Every Page«, which the artist began during the first lockdown of the pandemic in the spring of 2020 – as a reaction to the events.

»I guess I adapted myself to the isolation worldwide by reducing and paring back my own world more and more. I started to scale down my figures, my techniques and my materials according to my living space,« explains Necla Rüzgar, describing her existential experience and its transformation into her art.

Necla Rüzgar’s works often deal with socially critical topics. Indeed, she sees herself as an artist who addresses the »problem zones« of being a woman, but also that of being a human being, illuminating them in a cross­cultural way. At the same time, her paintings convey a profound narrative based on ancient tales. Inspiration comes from an inner canon of images developed by the artist since her earliest childhood from stories told by her grandfather.

The central motif in Necla Rüzgar’s visual work always comes back to the symbolic transformation or fusion of a human being into an animal or hybrid being – a theme that has guided her for around twenty years. The real and the fantastic converge, allowing the audience to lose themselves in their own fantasy worlds.

Exhibition period:
04 | 11 | 2021 – 24 | 04 | 2022

Opening hours:
Tue – Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Fri 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Mon closed

The State Secretary in the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art, Ms Ayse Asar in her welcoming address to the exhibition:
»I am very pleased that Necla Rüzgar’s first solo exhibition in Germany is taking place at Grimmwelt in Kassel. Just as the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm have more than one dimension, Necla Rüzgar’s often magical works also offer several dimensions and deal with current social problems such as the oppression of women. I was also touched by the fact that many of the exhibited works were created during the first lockdown of the pandemic, a time that threatened the existence of many artists. We in the Ministry of Science and the Arts also experienced the worries and hardships very clearly and reacted to them with two cultural packages to support creative artists in this difficult time. Because where bright and creative minds can flourish, they contribute to making our society fit for the future.«

Curriculum vitae:

Necla Rüzgar was born in Tunceli, Turkey, in 1972 and now lives and works in Ankara. Since 2013, she has worked as a professor at the painting department of the Faculty of Arts at Hacettepe University in Ankara, where she also studied.

Her works have already been featured in international exhibitions, including in Alexandria, Basel, Berlin, Bucharest, Freiburg, Seoul, Thessaloniki and Zurich.

The artist is represented by Galeri Nev.

 

 

Publication:

Necla Rüzgar - My Name Was Written On Every Page
Peter Stohler and Christina Soose (eds.), GRIMMWELT Kassel
modo Verlag GmbH, 2021
With essays by Kevser Güler, Christina Soose, Peter Stohler, and an interview with Necla Rüzgar by Peter Stohler
176 pages, 105 illustrations, 24 x 29 cm, hard cover, thread-stitching
German | Turkish | English
ISBN 978-3-86833-308-4
32 €

The accompanying publication comprises a cross-section of highly expressive works consisting of paintings and drawings in which Rüzgar turns time and again to myths and legends to address the cultural and social conditions of being a woman in a misogynistic environment.

The publication available in German, Turkish, and English is complemented by three introductory essays on the artist’s work, written by the curator Kevser Güler, the historian Christina Soose, and the art historian Peter Stohler.

 

 

Exhibition imprint:

Director, Head of Programmes
Peter Stohler

Project Management
Manuela Greipel

Project Assistant
Christina Soose

Mediation, Supporting Programme
Julia Ronge

Press, Public Relations, Marketing
Katja Blum

Exhibition Design
Gebert & Krüger, Kassel

Making-of
Miriam Steen

Administration
Stefanie Büscher, Christine Großberndt, Claudia Roßkopf, Lina Schmidt, Timo Vogt

Technical Construction, Lighting, Media Technology
Armin Jakob, Rolf Tonhäuser

Art Handling
Srećko Barišić, Tobias Sieber

Translation
NATIVES

Graphic Design
Büro Ballmann Weber

Gallery
Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey
Deniz Artun, Duygu Kosovaeri, Rana Kuseyri

We would also like to thank all contributors, including:
Matthias Heß, Ulrich Duttenhofer, Matthias Marth, Florian Müller, Heiko Wiktor

 

 

With the kind support of Hessische Kulturstiftung

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