From Day to Day

Aret Gıcır

7 May - 4 June 2016

Opening: 7 May 2016, 4pm - 7pm

Aret Gıcır’s third solo exhibition, “From Day to Day”, will take place at the Galata Greek School from May 7 to June 4, 2016, in collaboration with Öktem&Aykut. The opening is on May 7, Saturday, between 16:00 – 19.00.

The exhibition titled “From Day to Day” departs from a diagnosis: frontotemporal dementia. This is the medical condition that has led the Istanbul Armenian Patriarch Mesrob II (Mesrob Mutafyan) to an unconscious and bed ridden existence for years. It is also the point of origin for Aret Gıcır’s subsequent peregrinations into memory, history, forgetting, and a time suspended between life and death.

Its title inspired by the first published poem of Garbis Cancikyan, the exhibition elicits parallels between, on the one hand, the lost consciousness of the Patriarch and the surrounding suspicions in regard to it cause, and on the other hand, the fading away, from day to day, of a traumatised collective memory.

Born in İstanbul in 1978, Aret Gıcır graduated from the Department of Painting of Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts in 2008. His first solo exhibition entitled “Yerevan” was held in Tokatlıyan Han in 2009. He was awarded an artist residence in New York by the Moon and Stars Project-SVA in 2013. His second solo exhibition, “Between Fire and Sword”, was at Öktem&Aykut in 2015. Aret Gıcır lives and works in Istanbul.