The streets of Istanbul will be presented in a new light at an exhibition opening this week of work by Ali Taptik at the Eins Gallery in Limassol call Surface Phenomena, a project that launched in 2013.
The work in progress brings together such diverse themes as technology, sustenance, and flora along with shots from the streets of Istanbul. The latest works comprise of a selection of Taptık’s high definition photographs and some low-resolution images. The focus of Surface Phenomena is the idea of growth, development and the possibility of creating an axis of conversation in a polarised world. Taptık visits his muses and friends and tries to provide a different view of the events that are shaping his hometown and the world at the same time.
Ali Taptık was born in Istanbul in 1983. He is an artist and PhD Candidate in Architectural Design at ITU. His interest lies in the representation of urban landscape and architecture, the relationship between the individual and the city. In addition to working with institutions to document and research ever changing Istanbul, Taptık has published several books while his works have been exhibited in various institutions including SALT (Istanbul), MAXXI (Rome), Ashkal Alwan (Beirut) and Venice Biennial for Architecture.
As an activist, Taptık has been working on the preservation of the Historic Vegetable Gardens of Yedikule.
Exhibition by Ali Taptik. Opening November 2, at 7:30pm at Eins Gallery Limassol. Until December 1. Themidos 28, Limassol. Tel: 99-522977. www.facebook.com/events/292050481400924/