8th May 2018
Anna Laudel Contemporary presents a solo exhibition of works by acclaimed “artkilim” artist Belkis Balpinar

Belkıs Balpınar is known to be the first name in Turkey to produce contemporary art works by using traditional weaving techniques and considered to be one of the most inventive practitioners of the “art-kilim” medium within and beyond Turkey’s borders.

She produces works reflecting the contribution of science to arts and culture. Balpınar investigates the theoretical and practical aspects of perception and imperception both as a scholar and an artist. She points out that contemporary artists are more focused on the current chaos and issues of the world whilst she is interested in the essence of our being, looking from a relatively more universal point of view and states that “The world that human beings created is very complicated. However, in the billion-galaxy and billions of stars within them, we see a regularity and order which is a result of our perception of time. Many artists are trying to find and reflect on something from the chaos throughout the world. Yet, I try to capture images that imply spaces created by the movements of the galaxies and planets in the micro state that seem more ordinate in regards to our understanding of time.”

The works of Balpınar are featured in some of the special collections including Miuccia Prada, Milano; World Bank, Washington D.C.; Bernard Chappard, New York, Caracas; Lary Sanitzky, Los Angeles; Economy Bank, Istanbul; Nilufar Gallery, Milano; Marmara Manhattan Hotel, New York; Ignazio Vok, Padua; Al Gore, Nashville. She is one of the prominent figures of this field who has developed and applied modern ideas to various weaving techniques. Over the years, she has created a new technique of weaving which she calls “un-weaving”, it means weaving the first plane and leaving the background untouched. By this way she discovered that the forms existing in space are better expressed and also it creates a three-dimensional pictorial plane that can be seen as a form of woven painting.

Taking its name from this specific technique, “Un-Weave” brings together Balpınar’s unique weaving techniques with inspiring scientific themes of physics and astronomy. The exhibition will be on display at Anna Laudel Contemporary in İstanbul from 26 April – 10 June 2018.


Image Credit: Belkıs Balpınar photo credit: Kayhan Kaygusuz, Courtesy of Anna Laudel Contemporary.