the Pera Museum

This was during my first serious tourist day here in Istanbul, and it has been my favorite exhibit to date. I already posted some of the work that dealt directly with the deaf and also interpretation (of the main exhibit’s title, El/le). Of all the exhibits, this one, by Nebahat Cagil, is my favorite:

the idea of the exhibit overall was to investigate the “relationship between the hand and the object” (exhibit brochure). For some of the exhibits I can make certain leaps of abstraction and imagine the hand at work, such as in the ” onclick=”‘’,’popup’,’width=482,height=499,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0′); return false”>genderbending of Fethiye Gun, or this part of a larger installation by Hera Buyuktasciyan:
Others seem more about the eye, than the hand? Such as this photograph of two boats, one trailing the other in fog, by Hakan Temusin, or this man with his rosary, full of emotion, by Cuneyt Celik.
Thinking about the hand, and the hand’s relationship to one’s body, one’s work, and therefore the world, invokes all the senses, including the absence of sight, and missing fingers (a coffee cup set by Murat Celik).
I don’t know if you can catch the detail in this “classic” graphical advertisement for Taksim, by Elif Simsek, and this “groovy” one, by Umit Yanilmas.
I loved both of the futuristic images by Nevruz Ebru Aksu, and was tickled when I saw how I was reflected in this one.

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