The Ceramics Exhibition titled “An Artist’s Utopia: Beautiful World” held as part of the 11th Internationally Attended Ceramic Congress organized by Turkish Ceramics Association on last November, has met with the audience in Afyon Kocatepe University’s Riza Cercel Culture and Art Center.
Human is unarguably the only example of super evolution but the fact is it’s an entity attached to the nature. These are two opposing situations and maybe for the first time in history, the harmful consequences of human’s effort to achieve superiority, is being felt this much. Naturally, contrasting living conditions has been continued in contrasting geographies from past to present, but in this century we live in, everything is going worse for everyone. Humanity established a comfortable life thanks to the intelligence it acquired for centuries but it still does not hesitate even a bit to take the steps which will bring its’ own end and serves for it. The question is; Is it unstoppable, is a better or nonetheless a still beautiful world possible, or everything is just a utopian dream?
As part of the 11th Internationally Attended Ceramic Congress organized by the Turkish Ceramics Association between 21st – 23rd of November 2022, with the collaboration of the association’s Art Wing and Afyon Kocatepe University Fine Arts Faculty Ceramics Department, the Ceramics Exhibition titled “An Artist’s Utopia: Beautiful World” has met with the audience in Afyon Kocatepe University’s Mehmet Riza Cercel Culture and Art Center. 45 artist members participating in the exhibition has been determined and invited by the exhibition curators Mutlu Baskaya, Fatma Batukan Belge and Ilhan Marasali.
As curators, we asked these artists who are the witnesses of their era, to focus not on the human life becoming a dystopia with negativities like wars, conflicts, environmental problems, epidemics, hunger and economic and social injustice but on a dream of a beautiful world. We believe that art will show both to the creator and the audience that it’s an effective way of pulling themselves away from this dystopian world as well as give them hope and a love of life. Therefore, we organized the event with the following motto “art just to spite all negativities”.
Viewed between 21st – 29th November 2022, the names who participated the exhibition are Aygun Dincer Kirca, Aylin Alkan, Aysenur Ceren Asmaz, Aytuna Cora, Aziz Baha Orken, Berrin Kayman, Burcu Karabey, Canan Gurel Ak, Candan Gungor, Caner Yedikardes, Deniz Onur Erman, Elif Aydogdu Agatekin, Ezgi Hakan, Fatih Karagul, Figen Isiktan, Filiz Yildiz, Hakan Ergun, Hakan Pekyaman, Hasan Baskirkan, Hasan Sahbaz, Huseyin Ozcelik, Isil Tufekci Ardic, Ilhan Marasali, Imre Deniz Isiktas, Kadir Erturk, Kamuran Ak, Kamuran Ozlem Sarnic, Kim Yongmoon, Melisa Engineri, Metin Erturk, Mutlu Baskaya, Muge Eryilmaz, Nagihan Gumus Akman, Nazende Ozkanli, Nizam Orcun Onal, Nurdan Arslan, Nurtac Cakar, Odul Isitman, Omer Gorkem, Perihan San Aslan, Sercan Filiz, Serap Erdogan, Sirin Kocak Ozeskici, Sule Altay and T. Emre Feyzoglu.