At the Bedesten until 18 August, 2018
is a very unusual gesture by an artist to preserve the memories of a person in
a big series of paintings, a statement to bring back the memories of a person
who was so full of life, positive and loving life.
his solo exhibition the artist Halil Öztunç very delicately brought to display 43
paintings in the beautiful space of the Bedesten in Nicosia. Hundreds of people
had come for the opening, family members, many friends, and as I learnt many
friends from school days. One woman had even come from England especially for
this occasion. It was a very emotional affair.
…The death of Özlem Savoğlu in June 2016, who was an interpreter
for about seven years in the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, caused great
sadness throughout the country……. So it is written in the media in North
Cyprus. She had faught cancer for many years. I had met her briefly in her
function as translator.
Öztunç has painted the image of this young woman in a very positive way, full
of joy, surrounded by what she liked most, nature and its colours, and in many
paintings her portrait is surrounded by butterflies, she loved most. There was a cherry blossom tree to which
family members and friends, tall or small, could hang some written messages for
her to read in the other world.
exhibition is open for two days more only, that is until August 18.