Almost | Neredeyse 13 September, 2018 - 4 November, 2018
In her personal exhibition “Almost (Neredeyse)”, with canvases filled with female figures surrounded by fancy objects, Zeynep Akgün highlights in a pluralistic point of view the chaotic and ambiguous circumstances by focusing on the female image. Creating her work with a plastic sense of aesthetics, the artist essentially depicts in a dramatic and realistic way the state of women feeling stuck and in-between, unmanifested.
Painting in a realistic style, Akgün creates nearly surreal images by building ironic compositions. Whether seemingly surrounded by nature or in minimalistic architectural plans, women who appear in her work in various actions and positions are intense renditions of symbolism, however real they may seem. Although the figure in its state of existence seems stable and dull, it also questions existentialism as a personal and social phenomenon by creating a contrast in the air and floating spaces.
Constituting the focal point in “Almost”, the image of woman thus expands beyond a regular state, revealing an issue that is more or less globalized.