An exhibition with works by Timur Çelik curated by Erden Kosova

Photo: Ute Langkafel

In 2014, the Berlin based painter Timur Çelik extended his trip to Turkey into the eastern part of the country. The psychological and political tension in the aftermath of the collapse of the peace negotiations between the Turkish government and the Kurdish resistance left a strong impression on him. He set out to paint the unsettling ambiguity he detected, which anticipated not only the coming destruction and repression in the region but also the political depression that would sweep over the whole country. In addition to selected works from this new painting series Çelik’s solo exhibition brings together a group of portraits depicting intellectuals, human rights activists in Turkey and prominent figures from the party HDP (Peoples' Democracy Party), who have been either kept in prison with fictitious accusations or harassed by endless trials and interrogations. In this selection, Timur Çelik reveals his subjective fascination with his subjects by imbuing the delicate plasticity of their faces with an emotional intensity based on suffering, mourning, defiance and perseverance.

Photo: Lutz Knospe