Sayat Uşaklıgil

Biography:
Born in 1975, Istanbul, Turkey
1993-1997 Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting
1997-1999 Mimar Sinan University, Institute of Social Sciences, Post Graduate Program

Awards:
1997 Sakıp Sabancı Vaksa Awards, First Prize of Painting Department

Personal Exhibitions:
2012 Walk of Fame (Yıldızlar Geçidi), Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 Stop Talking-Talk! (Suskonuş), Karşı Art Works, Istanbul, Turkey
2003 İş Bank-Parmakkapı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Group Exhibitions:
2018 Between Times (Zamanlar Arası), Galeri Kambur Arnavutköy, Istanbul, Turkey
2017 Fragility of Now (Şimdinin Kırılganlığı), Daire Galeri, Istanbul, Turkey
2016 Breathe Vol.3 (Nefes 3), Merkür Galeri, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 Editing of Reality (Gerçekliğin Kurgusu), Russo Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 Las Meninas Reviews (Las Meninas Yorumları), Karşı Art Works, Istanbul, Turkey
2012 Doomsday (Kıyamet), Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2012 Together Vol.V (Hep Birlikte V), Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 Together Vol.IV (Hep Birlikte IV), Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 Together Vol.III (Hep Birlikte III), Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 1st. Istanbul Summer Exhibition, Beyaz Art-Art Harbour, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 Dream Night (Rüya Gecesi), Swiss Otel, Izmir, Turkey
2011 Connection (Bağlantı), Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 Near to Us (Vicino A Noi), Ufficio Cultura e İnformazioni dell’Ambasciata di Turchia a Roma, Italy
2010 Quintessences (Quintessenze), Scuderie Aldo Brandini, Frascati, Roma, Italy
2009 Synthesis Movement in Istanbul (Movimento Sintesi in İstanbul), Caddebostan Cultural Center-CKM, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 My Name Is Casper, 216 Thought&Production Platform, Karşı Art Works, Historical Sümerbank Building, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 Synthesis (Sintesi), Turkish-Italian Painting Exhibition, Altamira Art Gallery, Mersin, Turkey
2009 Synthesis (Sintesi), Turkish-Italian Painting Exhibition, Atatürk Univercity Cultural Center Art Gallery, Erzurum, Turkey
2009 Synthesis (Sintesi), Turkish-Italian Painting Exhibition, Ipsar, Roma, Italy
2008 Synthesis (Sintesi), Caddebostan Cultural Center-CKM, Istanbul, Turkey
2007 ARKHE Group Exhibition, Caddebostan Cultural Center-CKM, Istanbul, Turkey
2006 Homo Ludens - When Art Comes into Play (Quando l’arte entra in gioco), NeoArt Gallery, Roma, Italy
2004 ARKHE Group Exhibition Vol.4, Akademililer Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2003 ARKHE Group Exhibition Vol.3, Mine Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
1999 Group Exhibition, Galatea Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
1999 Turkish Heart Foundation Painting Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey
1999 Ayşe & Ercüment Kalmık Foundation, 5th Painting Competition Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey
1999 ARKHE-ARCHE Group Exhibition Vol.2, Elhamra Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
1998 ARKHE Gorup Exhibition Vol.1, Galatea Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
1998 Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Fine Arts Lithography and Serigraphy Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey
1998 Young Activity Vol.2 (Genç Etkinlik 2), KAOS Exhibition, Tuyap, Istanbul, Turkey
1997 Turkish Heart Foundation Painting Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey
1997 Ayşe & Ercüment Kalmık Foundation, 4th Painting Competition Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey
1996 Habitat II, ÖTEKİ Contemporary Art Exhibition, Antrepo, Istanbul, Turkey

Fairs:
2012 Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, with Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2012 Art Bosphorus Art Fair, with Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, with Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 Art Bosphorus Art Fair, with Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 Art Bosphorus Art Fair, Arte Vista Booth, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 ARTIST 20. Tuyap Art Fair, Manic Attack (Manik Atak) exhibition, 216 booth, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 ARTIST 19. Tuyap Art Fair, System Failure (Sistem Arızası) exhibition, 216 booth, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 Immagina, Reggio Emilia Art Fair, Italy
2009-2004 ARTIST Tuyap Art Fair, ARKHE Group Exhibitions, Istanbul, Turkey

Performance:
1996 OPUS 29 Performance with Eric Anderson, Atatürk Cultural Center-AKM, Istanbul, Turkey

Sayat Uşaklıgil was born in 1975, in Istanbul. He has graduated ranking first in his class from Painting Department in Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, where he has also done his master’s degree. He has participated in group expositions with art initiatives “Arkhe” and “216”, along with several exhibitions and art fairs both local and abroad. He continues to work in his workshop located in Istanbul.

In his paintings, Sayat Uşaklıgil brings together spatial and temporal contrasts with shapes persisting from the memory of the past. His nostalgic female figures are depicted in all their innocence, far from the visual perception of today’s world. The artist takes these figures, petrified in their own era, and moves them through the infinite universe in constant motion to a dimension that is beyond any conception of time. The absurdity of this collage produces temporal tidal waves on the audience itself. While collating the sense of beauty of these pristine figures with the aesthetics of old book illustrations, the artist presents a certain permeability between times. Focusing on gestures and features in his work, Uşaklıgil manipulates the spatial ruptures and the shifts in synchroneity between the future and the past. This element of friction is further strengthened by the contrast of colored and black-and-white spaces in his paintings.

The painted figures are icons and symbols from a determined timeframe, no longer alive. They are just shapes and forms persisting as documents or memories in photographs, used by Uşaklıgil to signify the idiom “memento mori” – remember you must die. The artist presents this in a way that is surreal at times, and tranquil in others.