Collector’s Wish 2012

View from Pilot Art Gallery, İstanbul 2012 (Photo credit: Rıdvan Bayrakoğlu)

View from Pilot Art Gallery, İstanbul 2012 (Photo credit: Rıdvan Bayrakoğlu)

 

In Collector’s Wish, I realized an artwork conceived by the well-known collector Saruhan Doğan. Here the artist only follows the instructions of the collector. He doesn’t put his-self, his enthusiasm, his “creativity” into his work. It is a play that reverses the positions within the artworld, submissive to dominant and vice versa… The artist gives up his role as a “genius creator” or as a “revolutionary” and becomes the facilitator or the worker who strictly follows the instructions. But paradoxical as it may be, this strategy of not-contributing personally and offering the stage to collector opens up a field of conflict where the artist becomes the sovereign subject by serving.

 

The related notions of misperformance, strike, not-participating and resistance also explored in works such as Homage to Balotelli’s Missed Trick (2013), Silence Performance (2013) and Strike (2016).

 

 

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