Like in Threshold, Yamanlar's previous one person exhibition in Öktem Aykut, the artist
presents works on the intersection of photography, moving images and painting. She pursues
an attempt to materialize the most abstract and archetypal notions regarding 'space' and
'transformation.' Lines that become emphatically blurry with each ebb and flow; moments
during which space escapes any kind of clear definition due to the uncertain movements of
matter; and the futile efforts to accurately observe nature’s indescribable motion.
Yamanlar tries to follow the ancient natural force for creation, demolition and regeneration,
with the very manner a landscape painter would do. She watches the fluent liveliness of
water to describe the sublime character of nature and the affections of excitement and
terror it causes. How does the Platonic concept of 'chora' referring to an idea of matrix
allowing anything to become, move and vanish within it’s boundaries help us understand
water as an element regarded to be the origin for everything, the matter of constant motion
and transformation? Water encapsulates the ugly and the beautiful, the ancient organic
particles and historical remnants all bound within at the same time. What does the water
make us face when it rises, and what does it reveal when it goes away?
Yamanlar pursues these challenging questions in a steadfast mode that resembles the
unending intuitiveness of a painter grinding the surface of the canvas, or the persistent curiosity of a sculptor who endlessly toils away at filing. She makes relativity and open-endedness into something tangible, by pushing the boundaries of a discipline that interacts with reality in the most fixed way possible, much like photography.