Gökçen Ataman Tanyer, Istanbul
Ted Ankara Koleji (06-1998)
Hacettepe University Ankara- Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Sculpture (06-2005)
Humber College Toronto- Institute of Arts and Design (07-2006)
Mamut Art Project- Istanbul (2017)
Fotini Arnavutköy, Installation Project- Istanbul 2017
Kasa Gallery, Abandoned- Istanbul 2018
Galeri Muaf X Rum lisesi, Ben Hep Evdeyim 2018
Galeri Muaf X IMÇ, Güller ve Dikenler 2019
Step İstanbul, Rem Art Space- Istanbul 2019
Rem Art Space, Solo Exhibition, Welcome to a Prestigious Life 2019
Sustainable Arts Foundation, winner, 2020
I deal primarily with local architectural practices and investigate the visual culture and the aesthetics of cities, the relationship between nature, humankind, and humankind’s urge to build. My work focuses on consumption, both in terms of politics, and ecology, also on awareness towards nature, history, and architectural heritage.
I build cities with no infrastructure to represent the spaces we create, criticizing today's architectural mentality, which is low in both form and function, and high on profit. This criticism to me is my way of appreciating our architectural and cultural heritage. I, as an admirer of traditional architecture, try to criticize the new architectural culture by building crooked cityscapes.
I mainly use found/reclaimed materials such as cardboard.
A cluster of buildings made of found cardboard, represent to me, how humankind occupy the land by their urge to build. All those buildings look like a bunch of unstable, tremulous boxes stacked on each other.
I believe that we, humankind have built all the natural and un-natural disasters with our unstoppable appetite for profit, and our disrespectful attitude towards nature. The place we live, and the ground we step on. Two notions that should have been the most consistent and the sturdiest, yet they are the slippiest and the most unreliable. None of us feel like we are home in peace. We are all anxious. We are all constantly scared. We are the ones to built up this feeling of anxiety.
Having a sense of belonging might have been possible if we managed to consume less, live respectfully to our nature, history, and our architectural heritage.
We have lost our connection to the ground, our home. We must root back.
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