On Feb. 28, an elaborate exhibition titled “You Are Prettier This Way,” which tackles a specific interval in Turkish historical past, introduced collectively 16 artists at Istanbul’s Darphane-i Amire. These creators overcome the suppression that they skilled in that point by discovering freedom in their artwork.
In 1997, following the postmodern coup, ladies had been banned from carrying headscarves at numerous official areas, together with universities. The assertion “You Are Prettier This Way” was utilized by college employees and lecturers to persuade younger college students to take away their headscarves to enter services. Named after this phrase, the exhibition was a company of ladies who can put on their spiritual apparel in fashionable Turkey and additionally categorical the way it feels to be silenced.
I used to be curious in regards to the presentation of this historic time, which I hadn’t skilled as a result of of my younger age, so I learn in regards to the present on-line, as I didn’t have sufficient time to go to the exhibition myself. The work “Article 42” by Büşra Kayıkçı was the one which drew my consideration most in the present because it featured a mixture of a piano and a projector behind it. While the best hand performs just a few notes, the left performs variations by shifting nearer to and farther from the opposite hand.
“Article 42” consisted of two dimensions in auditory and visible elements. According to Kayıkçı, it was an experimental examine for her in this sense. In the work, the best hand represents the fixed psychological authority and establishment of the interval as a metaphor, whereas the left hand represents the ladies struggling to search out options to do one thing.
“It was named after the quantity of the piano keys,” Kayıkçı defined. “In the primary half of the composition, my proper hand repeats the identical sample between the keys numbered 39 and 43 however doesn’t press the important thing 42. The left hand tries to the touch on the important thing 42 however the best doesn’t enable it. Ultimately, the left hand achieves this for a short while.” But if you happen to ask what the key is in regards to the quantity 42, the reply is in the Turkish Constitution. Article 42 in the structure says, “No one shall be disadvantaged of the best of studying and schooling,” which was clearly violated in the course of the postmodern coup.
Mesmerized by this work, I had an opportunity to meet up with Kayıkçı. She is an inside architect, artist and musician. Born in 1990, her journey with artwork began on the age of 9 when she attended a classical Western music piano and solfege class at Müjdat Gezen Art Center in Istanbul. While her musical schooling continued for 10 years, she additionally acquired coaching in classical ballet and fashionable dance from Oya Ören, who opened Turkey’s first ballet college. In highschool for about 4 years to arrange for nice arts, she additionally attended the skilled portray lessons of numerous artists who graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.
With the steerage and assist of her household, Kayıkçı’s academic background was intertwined with artwork. Naturally, her alternative for her future job was music. Her conservative household, nevertheless, wished her to make a extra rational alternative. This is how she stepped into the world of design as an inside architect.
Although she has an curiosity in three different fields, Kayıkçı sees all of them as intertwined disciplines. “In addition to frequent facets amongst them, additionally they feed on one another in many respects. My deal with portray is colours reasonably than codecs. Especially in watercolor work, colours’ pace to adapt to one another relaxes my thoughts and creates a want to hold it to the auditory dimension. Therefore, I attempt to seize this concord in music with kind. By the best way, I usually paint illustrations, youngsters’s books and metropolis sketches in current years. When we are saying architecture, in truth, the character created by the primary architect and the impact it had on the human spirit, the locations with a spirit created all through the historical past, and the landscapes are the themes that encourage me,” she mentioned.
Power of ladies
During her creative course of, Kayıkçı reads the tales and watches the movies of ladies who’ve confirmed themselves in any discipline and have helped humanity, which touches her significantly. Another large inspiration supply is American composer and pianist Philip Glass. “Glass, one of the pioneers of minimalist music that I work on, has labored in all types of jobs, from wall portray to taxicab driver, to maintain his life. In the time left for himself, he has freely targeted on the music he wished to supply – one thing I all the time hold in a nook of my thoughts,” she mentioned.
As for her curiosity in three separate fields, Kayıkçı mentioned that she doesn’t attempt to handle all of them similtaneously she needs to supply one thing that can fulfill her. Noting that she has a barely hyperactive thoughts, Kayıkçı believes that range doesn’t tire her out; quite the opposite, it makes her really feel good.
Even although her background in portray and music goes far again into her youth, she is essentially nourished by the self-discipline of architecture. “I wanted a thought system to information me. I had quite a bit of inventive information however I used to be having a tough time placing them along with correct math. In that sense, the college of architecture gave me a stance,” she mentioned.
The artist naturally has a really neat day by day routine to take care of some elements of her three different fields. At her mini-workshop in the Kuzguncuk neighborhood, she paints and performs with her piano. While creating stunning watercolor work, she makes improvisations by studying different harmonies.
Focusing extra on composing reasonably than simply enjoying piano, in line with her musical coaching, Kayıkçı launched the only “Doğum” (“Birth”) as her preliminary composition. Encouraged by its success, she ready her “Eskizler” (“Sketches”) album. The album consists of the improvisations that she made in 2018 and 2019. “It was written at a time once I was in search of minimalist kinds and different harmonies on the piano. That continues to be happening. I wished to confer with my different identities by the identify ‘Eskizler.’ This phrase means the primary sketches in the course of the beginning of a venture. This album is in the sketch stage for me in phrases of each recording and compositions. I handled all the things in the album alone, and it’s on the market with its pluses and minuses. Nevertheless, it has made a extra overwhelming impression than I guessed and I’ve acquired good suggestions – which has made me very completely satisfied,” she mentioned.
The newest composition by Kayıkçı is “Tuna” (“Danube”), which is a really particular venture in each sense for the artist. In the autumn of 2019, Kayıkçı determined to collaborate with her poet-writer good friend Furkan Çalışkan. She selected to compose Çalışkan’s poem “Tuna Kısmet” (“Danube Fortune”), which was written in Budapest in 2015, and document it in Hungary. “By coincidence, I had the chance to go to a piano workshop in Hungary,” she mentioned. “The workshop belongs to David Klavins, the designer of the Architizer award-winning pianos. He is each a pianist and a piano technician. I performed their piano for 4 days and recorded my compositions at night time. Klavins designs and produces pianos named Una Corda, which work on the precept of a single wire for every hammer. Una Cordas will not be devices made for classical music. They are reasonably an alternate instrument and sound for musicians engaged on fashionable classics and minimalist music like me. I recorded ‘Tuna’ with this piano. The tune has grow to be extraordinarily natural and fluid. From the document, you’ll be able to clearly hear the sound of piano hammers, wires and felt material positioned between them.”
“I can say that ‘Tuna’ was a novel expertise. It has returned to its birthplace, homeland in one other kind,” she added.
The expert artist needs to current a pleasant, numerous composition in her future plans, noting that even solo live shows at the moment are rendered in three dimensions. She acknowledged: “There is a extra dynamic course of that appeals to each the attention and the ear, which the viewers enjoys very a lot. I wish to mix my music with architectural installations. Surely, I’ll apply this plan to my exhibitions as nicely.”
You can take heed to Kayıkçı’s stress-free songs on Spotify and YouTube together with her Instagram account @busraplayskeys. To get pleasure from her work, you’ll be able to comply with her different Instagram account @sulufikirleratolyesi and Twitter account @kayikcibusra_.