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The Strangers in Us | Video Yasam Sasmazer

The Strangers in Us, 3´17 min, a film by: Alexia Fernandes and Julien Menand ©2015 BERLINARTPROJECTS.


Sickening the Beautiful | Video Eda Soylu

Sickening the Beautiful, 3´07 min, a film by: Alexia Fernandes and Julien Menand © 2015 BERLINARTPROJECTS

Yaşam Şaşmazer at Glasstress Gotika I 56th Biennale Arte, Venice, Italy

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GLASSTRESS 2015 GOTIKA, a joint project of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and Berengo Studio, Venice, Italy, is a collateral event in the Biennale Arte 2015 and opens on May 9th, 2015. Curated by Dr. Dimitri Ozerkov, Director of Hermitage 20 / 21 Project for Contemporary Art and of the Contemporary Art Department in the State Hermitage Museum and Adriano Berengo of Berengo Studio, GLASSTRESS 2015 GOTIKA is an exploration of the effect that Gothic and medieval ideas have had on the modern conscience and contemporary art.

GLASSTRESS will be exhibited at the historic Palazzo Franchetti on the Grand Canal and in an old glass furnace on Murano, home of the permanent exhibition space of the Fondazione Berengo. Each venue for GLASSTRESS 2015 GOTIKA provides a unique atmosphere and experience of the art.

GLASSTRESS will feature over 50 renowned artists from all over the world who have created
works with the maestros of Murano, many working in glass for the first time.

Dates May 9th > November 22nd 2015 / Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm

Press day May 8th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Gallery weekend in Berlin

CONTEMPORARY Istanbul and BERLINARTPROJECTS are hosting the book presentation of Yaşam Şaşmazer's catalogue "Metanoia" an Saturday, May 2nd at 2 pm.

Contemporary Istanbul Program Director Assoc. Prof. Marcus Graf will talk about her newest sculpture series and the release of “Metanoia” during the Gallery Weekend 2015. Graf has contributed to the text to this book and will discuss his views on Şaşmazer's work during the book presentation.

As an alternative to the event on Saturday, BERLINARTPROJECTS will also host an Art Aperitif on Friday May 1st, from 3 pm until end, offering you an exta chance to see the exhibition "Recharged Reality" with works by: Daniel Harms, Ulrich Riedel, Yaşam Şaşmazer, Eda Soylu, Claudia Vitari and Meike Zopf.

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Metanoia catalogue cover | artist Yaşam Şaşmazer

Extra hours during gallery weekend : Tue. - Sat. 11am - 8pm and Sun. noon - 3pm


Article on Eda Soylu on the art scene in Istanbul, Turkey (4.01.2015)

Die Welt am Sonntag, "Staatsfeind Künstler". Read and download here.

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Interview with Daniel Harms on his current exhibition "Falsche Helden oder mutige Irre" 2014/2015


Contemporary Istanbul 2014

Booth at Contemporary Istanbul presenting Yaşam Şaşmazer, Ulrich Riedel, Ismail Necmi, Eda Soylu and Megan Olson.

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Yaşam Şaşmazer's "Metanoia"-exhibition in Handelsblatt (6.10.2014)



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Group exhibition opening with Ulrich Riedel at Westwerk Hamburg

Group exhibition "The more you know the less you see" with Swen Kählert, Michel Lamoller, Ulrich Riedel at Westwerk, Hamburg, Germany

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Tilted Space (Hamburg 2014) | 2014 | Pinus Halapensis, partly oiled | 111 elements | size is variable

Sculptur, Painting, Photografie, floor installation

Opening/Eröffnung: Freitag, 11.07.2014, 19 Uhr / 7 pm
Ausstellung/Exhibition: 12. - 26.07.2014

Di bis Fr 16 bis 19 Uhr, Sa 12 bis 16 Uhr, So 13 bis 17 Uhr, 20. Juli geschlossen/
Tue - Fri 4 - 7 pm, Sa 12 am - 4 pm, So 1 - 5 pm, 20.07. closed

Künstlergespräch mit Angela Holzhauer/artist talk with Angela Holzhauer
Freitag, 18. Juli 2014, 19:30 Uhr/Friday, 18.07.2014, 7.30 pm

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Interview with Yaşam Şaşmazer on the ‘Doppelgänger’-catalogue


How did you get the idea to do a sculptural series on the topic of ‘Doppelgänger’?

I’ve been thinking and working on the dark side of the human psyche for a while. Thinking on the dark side led me to the unconscious and shadows - and when you start dealing with shadows you can’t avoid thinking about your own shadow. In Jungian psychology, the aspect of the shadow is part of the unconscious mind consisting of repressed weaknesses, shortcomings and instincts. And this path led me to the ‘Doppelgänger’-theme.

‘Doppelgänger’ is the first series where you depict adults. In the previous catalogue (Yaşam Şaşmazer, 2006 – 2011, Kerber) you presented sculptures of children. How is ‘Doppelgänger’ related to your earlier works?

When I was working on the children sculptures I was thinking about issues like the dark side, shadows, archetypes, the uncanny, identities, stereotypes, personas, the self and the other… These issues constitute our personality and relate with being ‘an adult’. I think as I searched and learned more, instinctively I became more interested with the problems of being an adult. And my sculptures grew.

You quote from authors such as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Edgar Allan Poe and Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club) – how do they connect to your art?

When I came up with the ‘Doppelgänger’-idea, I realized that the theme was very much influenced by mythology, folklore and literature; I started to do some research and I read a lot of books on the ‘Doppelgänger’-theme, the theories as well as the psychological approaches. Authors like Fyodor Dostoevsky, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelly, Robert Louis Stevenson, José Saramago and Palahniuk influenced and shaped my works so much. Some of their sentences made a flash into my mind. And after reading those books I felt like I obviously wouldn’t and couldn’t describe these feelings better, so I decided to use quotations from those books as titles for my works and as a loop sound installation in the exhibition.

‘Doppelgänger’ refers to the experience of meeting your own shadow. As you once said in an interview, every sculpture represents yourself. So that of raises the question how autobiographic your work is - are you depicting your own fears and dark sides? And to what extent is it about society in general?

The ‘Doppelgänger’-series is totally autobiographic. To me the project was like an attempt to look into the mirror. But also another aspect of this series is that it is about the social identities and masks that emerge in societies, where it is imposed on individuals to behave as stereotypes and where there is a social consensus on a typology of being “normal”. It makes it difficult for individuals to express themselves freely.

When you create a series of sculptures: do you plan and sketch it out in advance – the topic, the underlying theory, the amount of sculptures, the setting – or is it more of an open working process? And how long did it take you to create this series?

On this series I have been working for over a year and it was like an open process. I started with the idea and a general frame and through reading the theme became clearer to me. When I started to work on the sculptures I almost knew where I was going to go with my work, but it changed a bit during the process.

What is your next project, what are you working on at the moment?

I’m back to the shadows now and discovering new aspects there…

Thank you very much for the interview!

Editorial and questions: Jennifer Fielding (Gallery Manager BERLINARTPROJECTS)



Book Launch Yaşam Şaşmazer's "Doppelgänger" | Kerber Verlag


“Doppelgänger” | 2014, germ./engl. | Kerber Verlag | 16 x 22 cm

available at book stores, Kerber Verlag or directly at the gallery