past exhibition

This Is Not My Imagination, There Is A Gun On My Back

Taking its name from the lyrics of Revenge, a song by Black Flag, a leading American hardcore punk band of the 1980s, This is not my imagination, there is a gun on my back marks both a moment of coming to terms and a declaration of awareness for Joana Kohen. The phrase that lends its name to the exhibition evokes the intense culture of revolt that developed against the widespread, suffocating conformism of the 80s; and Kohen seeks to convey these unique elements to present-day Turkey via her artistic production.

Artist

Joana Kohen

Dates

25.04.2014 - 24.05.2014

Kohen departs from questions like, “How much does the socio-political situation we are in affect our psychological our state of mind? When and under what conditions does imagination surrender to facts of life? Subjected to oppression, threats and fear, how can we continue to come to terms with reality, and how is our awareness of that reality affected?” and goes on to analyze the conditions she feels cornered and threatened in by tracing her own mental state. As she ascribes the blame for her intense dissatisfaction to the clusters of power that permeate everyday life; she expresses her continuing transformation in her her drawings, installations and sculptures.

This exhibition is not only about zones of power that point a gun on our back and curb our imagination; but it also seeks to draw its own weapon both against them and itself. It may be debatable whether we do have a gun on our back; yet there is no doubt that the conditions we live in have long become intolerable.

past exhibition

This Is Not My Imagination, There Is A Gun On My Back

Taking its name from the lyrics of Revenge, a song by Black Flag, a leading American hardcore punk band of the 1980s, This is not my imagination, there is a gun on my back marks both a moment of coming to terms and a declaration of awareness for Joana Kohen. The phrase that lends its name to the exhibition evokes the intense culture of revolt that developed against the widespread, suffocating conformism of the 80s; and Kohen seeks to convey these unique elements to present-day Turkey via her artistic production.

Artist

Joana Kohen

Dates

25.04.2014 - 24.05.2014

Kohen departs from questions like, “How much does the socio-political situation we are in affect our psychological our state of mind? When and under what conditions does imagination surrender to facts of life? Subjected to oppression, threats and fear, how can we continue to come to terms with reality, and how is our awareness of that reality affected?” and goes on to analyze the conditions she feels cornered and threatened in by tracing her own mental state. As she ascribes the blame for her intense dissatisfaction to the clusters of power that permeate everyday life; she expresses her continuing transformation in her her drawings, installations and sculptures.

This exhibition is not only about zones of power that point a gun on our back and curb our imagination; but it also seeks to draw its own weapon both against them and itself. It may be debatable whether we do have a gun on our back; yet there is no doubt that the conditions we live in have long become intolerable.