Tue, 10 Sep | ArtHan Gallery

The Post-Anthropocene

16th Istanbul Biennial within the scope of parallel events, Curated by Begüm Alkoçlar; The selection of artworks by Buğra Erol, Hüseyin Aksoy, Y. Bahadır Yıldız and Zeynep Çilek Çimen can be viewed at ArtHan until October 26th.
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The Post-Anthropocene

Time & Location

10 Sep 2019, 19:00 – 26 Oct 2019, 21:00
ArtHan Gallery, Kurşunlu Han, Karaköy, Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

About the Event

The Post-Anthropocene, which shows fictitious integrity on the destruction caused by the thought of dominating the Earth and seeing ourselves as superior to other living things, examines the relationship between the human remains and the new world.

 

The Post-Anthropocene exhibition is not concerned with making assumptions about the existence of a posthuman world or producing various theories on the new world. The Post-Anthropocene is a moment of change in which a new representation of the world is constructed, as pointed out by scientists as well as philosophers in the definition of the concept of posthumanism.

 

Post- Antroposen

Sept 10 - Oct 26 2019

The Anthropocene, called the "human age"; Demonstrable reference points point to about 8,000 years ago—before the industrial revolution, though a consensus has yet to be reached—when human influence as a geological force began to dominate the earth.

 

The Post-Anthropocene, which I try to define as "post-human," is a moment of change in which a new representation of the world is constructed, as pointed out by scientists as well as philosophers in the definition of the concept of posthumanism. But even this definition drags us into a position that fosters anthropocentrism, drawing a new image of the world based on people. However, the Post-Anthropocene exhibition is not concerned with making assumptions about the existence of a posthuman world or producing various theories on the new world. The main issue that needs to be addressed is the loss of human power, however, not at all. With an attitude parallel to the biennial's attitude, the exhibition advocates the view that our way of perceiving nature and ecological problems should be purged from an anthropocentric approach.

Latife Tekin, one of the novelists of environmentalist literary criticism (eco-critisism) and post-1980 Turkish Literature, argues that every being in nature is equally important. It reveals its sensitivity towards ecological problems created by the destruction of nature and climate changes by rejecting the privileged existence of human beings in nature. “Sometimes he talks about nature and the universe in such fairy tale language. When he turns his face to the valley and starts to form extended sentences, all the living things in the garden become silent. There is a silence of sleep, where stirrings from the very depths are heard.” His words are proof of this.

 

In the narrative of the process through the depiction of the destruction created by man's desire to dominate nature, the fiction of the elite, including Buğra Erol, Hamza Kırbaş, Hüseyin Aksoy, Y. Bahadır Yıldız and Zeynep Çilek Çimen, erases the existence of humans. The Post-Anthropocene, which shows fictitious integrity on the destruction caused by the thought of dominating the Earth and seeing ourselves as superior to other living things, examines the relationship between the human remains and the new world.

 

Maybe we will try to remember something about the human being, against all the justified accusations, with a very deep, old instinct, but we will not find a way to remember.

Begum Alkoclar

 

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