past exhibition

Monogamy in Recollection

As a continuation of Cabadan's previous exhibition Dystopia that has also taken place at Öktem&Aykut in 2016, Monogamy in Recollection also subverts traditional understandings of the ways in which paintings are conventionally presented and perceived. The exhibition comprises a series of paintings and installations rendered in various scales and techniques. Cabadan juxtaposes both wide-angle and close-up compositions in diverse traditional genres such as still life and portraiture. The works' settings originate either from Cabadan's personal experiences and surroundings, or from found images and objects. The use of a symbolist style of expression throughout the works represent a call to a subtle imaginary. The paintings seek to trigger the viewer's own personal memory and stir his or her own reality.


Gökçen Cabadan


09.09.2017 - 07.10.2017

In today’s late-globalist world, where interventions against and dominance over the collective memory have become banal, the concepts of history, the past, recollection and heritage are deployed by the power holders in the most random and indifferent ways. As a result, politics as an entire discipline and values such as democracy and human rights among others have been drastically eroded. Today, where “the personal is political” has become a mandatory position, personal recollections are devalued and personal experiences sink deep into the collective swamp. Monogamy in Recollection aims to recapture and reveal the ancient and recent symbols from our very personal past, private symbols experienced by our bodies and minds as we try to avoid the deluge of public symbols being aggressively pushed on us by the collective memory. The exhibition seeks to trigger a loyalty in the viewer, to his or her own personal methods of recollection. Monogamy in Recollection attempts to spare individuality from the cynicism of the mass imagination, regenerating the sense of individuality as a singularity in peace with its surroundings.