Lives and Works: Istanbul
Inci Eviner was born in 1956 in Ankara, Turkey. She graduated from the Painting Department of the National Academy of Fine Arts, Istanbul in 1980 and later obtained her PhD from the Fine Arts Faculty of the Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey. Her works delve into female identity through making use of varied media. She now lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey.
Known for her sophisticated and elaborate drawings, Eviner’s works tend to forge a tension between the space and performing bodies by employing differing techniques like drawing, photography, and video. The perplexing tension serves as an ornamental and stimulating approach that unveils suppressed, neglected concepts, as well as fractures internalised presumptions and stigma.
Centred on the body and founded in figurative drawing, primarily Chinese ink on paper, Eviner scrutinises the concept of identity, in particular female identity, and examines the relationship between contemporary society and identities through social, political, cultural, or historical perspectives. Populating her works with wry and distorted characters, body parts, beasts, birds, and fish, she unleashes her own quirky, ethereal, and fantastical imagination, commending the tales and traditions of Ottoman organic imagery. Of her often disturbing narratives, she says, ‘I imagine myself as one of those old-time storytellers—a storyteller, however, who cannot control the story and is eventually swallowed by it.’
Eviner’s works have been widely exhibited locally and internationally. Major solo exhibitions include Runaway Girls (2015), The Drawing Center, New York, USA; Broken Manifestos (2011), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France; Fluxes of Girls on Europe (2010), Galeri
Nev, Istanbul, Turkey; Nouveau Citoyen (New Citizen) (2009), MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France; and Hold (1996), Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
Recent major group exhibitions include Women on Paper (2015), Gandy Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia; Making Room: The Space Between Two and Three Dimension (2012), MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, USA; Art in the Auditorium (2010), Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Istanbul Traversée (2009), Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France; and Affinities: New Acquisitions, Deutsche Bank Collection, Deutsche Guggenheim 1997–2007 (2007), Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany.
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