AWARE OF ANOTHER, 2017

Exhibition at Matjö - Raum für Kunst, Cologne

Selma Gültoprak concentrated on racing pigeons for the exhibition AWARE OF ANOTHER and researched the topic during her 2016 residency in China. In and around Beijing she sought out pigeon fanciers and interviewed them, which led to an increasing network of contacts of fanciers and their pigeon lofts. Since 1976, after the Chinese Cultural Revolution, pigeon races are no longer prohibited by the state that before suspected capitalist tendencies in the races. Nowadays the races are a lucrative market for the new Chinese middle class. The cultural significance of the racing pigeon is diverse and reaches far back in history: while serving as messengers during ancient times until now, the pigeon is still used today for military purposes.

Selma Gültoprak developed new works for AWARE OF ANOTHER in the gallery “Matjö – space for art” honouring the pigeon: taking the pigeon as an example, the artist examined the meaning of culture, memory and change over time.

 

 

The shadows in shade (and) you made (me), 2017

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Just next to the big display window (...)

 

Vertical In Spirit, 2017

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Pearls, 2017

Pearls

The 2000 black pigeon rings in ‚Pearls’ are (...)

 

sign signed signed, 2017

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The work ‘sign signed signed’ is a blue (...)

 

When Symbols Shatter, 2017

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‘When Symbols Shatter’ are three embroidered (...)

 

believer & breeder, 2017

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The two tin figurines “believer & breeder” are Chinese (...)

 

TWINS!, 2017

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