REHAN AT BAR
Rehan Miskci (b.1986) in Istanbul, Miskci is a New York based visual artist workin...g mainly in photography and video. She studied Interior Architecture at Istanbul Technical University and holds an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, New York. She participated in international exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Munich, Reading and Istanbul.
At BAR Open Studios, Rehan Miskci presents Foto Yeraz*, an extension of her quest for new meanings in the tradition of studio photography and its connection to her Armenian identity. Foto Yeraz is a fictitious and vacant photo studio, where figures are absent, but spatial elements, such as large scale backdrops and props, still continue to exist, in fact they convert from serving as objects and start acting as subjects instead.
*Yeraz means “dream” in Western Armenian.
Dates of residency: November - December 2016
Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Lives and works: New York, US
Education: MFA Photography, Video and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts.
Interior Architecture, Istanbul Technical University
BIO / STATEMENT:
As a member of the Armenian minority growing up in Turkey, Rehan Miskci's work is a poetic examination of displacement, absence and invisibility. These keywords simply define her identity experience while growing up in a latent and secluded culture. Mainly, her series derive from archives, and can be seen as one of the many possible interpretations of these archives. The interest lies in how they are being treated physically and how they are recontextualized through the juxtaposition of personal and collective memory. Analyzing the physicality of photographs as well as their semantic weight play key roles in her practice.
2016 New Photography 2, ALAN Istanbul
2015 Annual Competition and Exhibition, Baxter Street Camera Club of New York
Mamut Art Project, Istanbul
Guest-Room: Katrin Weber, Galerie f5.6, Munich
Lift Off curated by Elisabeth Biondi, Fridman Gallery, New York