in the name of peace series   /   porcelain, concrete and metal gold leaf

exhibited in maksem, istanbul, turkey (2013-2015)

a wall for those that, while promising concepts of peace, democracy, prosperity, justice -reminders of solely positive emotions- and making us imagine a better world to live in, make the world inhabitable and even paint it in blood for their own gains. the wall is made of porcelain guns and concrete brick units embedded with guns. porcelain, with its white color, symbolizes peace, with its hard structure, represents power, and with its vulnerability shows the destruction war can result in. hence, most of the guns have been deformed and broken. filling a peace sign with guns is made with the purpose of leaving the audience alone with this illusion. whatever the color of the guns, their existence in the same sentence with the subject concepts cannot be thought of. sadly, a weapon for peace has not yet been invented.

a wall for the deceivers in the name of the deceived!

the fact that i have witnessed the changing maps due to the cold war, and most importantly the destruction of the berlin wall, has affected me deeply on the issue. from the walls and restrictions that surround us to changing borders, destructions, shifts of power and the many constants against the ever changing, revolving world, even from the wall of pink floyd to the 4 walls of orhan veli, the concept of wall being a reflection of freedom and courage, power and powerlessness, winners and losers, i have been building walls since my student days…

 

in the name of peace IV

asli aydemir - in the name of peace IV - 00

 

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* this spontaneous photograph is taken by nalan mert during the exhibition.

 

in the name of peace III

asli aydemir - in the name of peace III - 01

 

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in the name of peace II

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in the name of peace I

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