Exhibition Ahmet Erman Karagöz – 31 Oct – 12 Nov, 2016 at the Ismet Güney Art
By Heidi Trautmann
of the other exciting exhibitions I have seen still during the time of our moving
from Yesiltepe to Girne was the big solo exhibition with Ahmet Erman Karagöz at
the Ismet Vehit Güney Art Centre in Nicosia.
sized paintings in strong colours on the ancient stone walls. The artist is
present, also his wife Ipek Denizli Karagöz, the curator, who has some good
experience in managing art events. Both young passionate artists, both art
teachers, both eager to communicate with international art workshops, very
similar in their approach.
is one of the young artists who for the last years participated in the TRNC
Youth competitions and has been awarded with the Youth prize. He is an
aggressive young conceptual painter who works big and I have the impression
that he uses his whole body when working on his big canvasses.
our local artists of the older generation become softer in colour and
expression or rather more sophisticated and sometimes ironic when they work on
the theme of the island and rather concentrate on memories, the younger
generation jumps right into the centre of our problems. With hand and feet and
with all the strong colours the palette has to offer. With passion and involvement,
without glossing things over, direct: ugly things remain ugly, there is no
beating about the bush. The young artists go protesting in the streets,
literally and in a metaphorical way, they take part in social and political
developments and make it their theme. Is it because they have not yet
accumulated memories? It is good to have
them, the young artists, because we the older generation tend to put things
Erman Karagöz speaks to me about his theme ‘Aphrodite’s fears’, what would Aphrodite
say if she were reborn, would come back to the island and see the chaos that
reigns on all levels, political, social and environmental. The island’s assets
destroyed, the untouched beauty of beaches covered in cement buildings for the
entertainment of tourists, no trees, no flowers to be discovered anymore and we
all look on. Aphrodite screams, loud and clear.
the goddess of love be able to restore her reign again, I asked myself. I did
not ask Ahmet.
the photos I took and decide for yourself.