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Sirin Bahar Demirel, Place of Possible


This conceptual photo series portrays scenes and objects that lost their sense of belonging. Some becoming obsolete over time, these out-of-context artifacts stand on the frontier between reality and fantasy. Their ambiguousness leaves us with an uncanny feeling. Their unknown stories open doors to others through our imagination. They are displaced and they indicate an existence. But we do not know the whole story.

It also reflects on possibility of a place that does not resemble anywhere we have ever known. It is a land lingering between banality and mystery. Most of the photos in the series have a green setting that creates a contrast with the featured object and emphasizes the sense of disconnection. In like manner, lack of human presence enhances the feeling of abandonment; we only have an evidence of a previous presence.

The photos in this series have been taken in the last 6 years in different countries. So the notion of displacement is anchored in the project’s spirit. As a visual artist, forming new perceptions by pulling out things and ideas from their context serves as a general approach to all my works. A bit of humor always accompanies them. That applies to “Place of Possible” as well.

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