syncopation generally means ‘a disturbance or interruption of the regular flow
of rhythms.... A term used in music for the unexpected. A good title for Emin Çizenel’s exhibition at the ARGO Gallery in Nicosia http://www.argogallery.org/INTRO.html
best thing I can do is to repeat Emin Çizenel’s own words who can better
introduce art work than the creator, the artist himself...
A moment of blindness, deafness, is caused by
the breaking of a wave as it passes through the iris, the eardrum. The thread
of the wave carries melody and reflection up and down from peak to through. Its
thythm is at the same time warp and woof, a texture pierced at every moment by
the gaze, but never seen by the eye. Striking the membrane, it echoes, but is
not heard. It is felt, but not touched. The sight of this paradox is the sound
Through the space of this exhibition, Emin Çizenel relates the experience of the intellectual and the psychological, and
the problematic need for their reconcilliation. The exhibition reconstructs and
explores a memory: the ‘status report’, which forms an integral part of it,
points, among other things, to space that is slipping from the rural to the
urban; the role of society and personal experience in delimiting desire; the
psychological and social consequences of transgressing the boundaries of
accepted differences; transformative gender concepts; and slippery and
conflicting cultural norms and taboos.
Interpreting the implications of the works here
leads to a shizophrenic paradox: while the artistic ‘emphasis takes on the form
of the subject matter and finds its content, it simultaneously constructs
another, desolate and lonely space. As a result, although the subject of the
exhibition is derived from the story of an actual historical event, the
original context is transfored, leaving only traces of the event and
foregrounding an aesthetic of images and sounds.
exhibition hall is dominated by ‘Gadriye’ the donkey, a female as it is
explained by her biography next to the video installation showing a film of her
behind with her tail protecting her genitals from flies...or what, that is all
that is shown in the video. Offbeat. The painting is annexed by smaller ones, a
man’s trousers and three small stools of different height.
exhibition still runs until 14 February, 2015
Gallery, 64E Digeni Akrita Avenue,
to Friday 10:00 - 13:00 and 17:00 - 20:00 / Saturday 10:00 - 13:00. The gallery
is closed Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday.