Object, Print on metal, 8x10 cm, in Turkish, Istanbul, 2012

Self-Portrait is a text-based work and its starting point is the ambivalent language used in research articles, in particular a statistical expression used to classify social groups in Turkey. Seeing this expression in a research paper about poverty, the artist recognizes that she also falls within that definition. She decides ironically to print it on a metal plate usually indicating status. The artist herself and a lot of people fit into this definition. Through its focus on the term ‘girl’, the work underlines the patriarchal structures in language.


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