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Ceramic artist Sureyya Acar took part in her personal exhibition titled "Kingdom of the Sovereigns", which she opened at Baruthane Museum, with her expressionist works that enable us to confront the problems of humanity.


Baruthane Museum, one of the venues that Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality brought to cultural life, hosted ceramic artist Sureyya Acar's exhibition titled "Kingdom of the Sovereigns" between 17 March and 25 April.

Acar expresses the emergence of elephant trunks, which constitute her recent works and inspired the name of this exhibition: “With the beginning of the pandemic, I found myself struggling with the elephant's huge trunk, as a result of all the games played on humanity in recent years reminding me of the saying 'When elephants fight, the grass gets trampled'. My rebellion against the system that is slowly siphoning humanity has turned into forms. Even though I designed and drew it beforehand, it was in vain. As soon as I started working, facts and fairy tales mixed together, the clay began to struggle and writhe to emerge in different shapes, and as a result, I surrendered to my expressionist identity. I am someone who talks with her hands. As the fascinating trunk of the most gigantic creature on earth drew me in, the words flowing to my fingertips took shape in different forms.”

Referring to George Orwell's dystopian novel titled "1984", Sureyya Acar criticizes a world where "insatiable passions create monsters and the most valid way for monsters to hold on to power is perception" through ceramics. The artist, who has been working in her studio in Goktrrk, Istanbul since 2007, is a graduate of Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Ceramics. In addition, it seems that reinforcing her education with the courses she took from the Painting and Sculpture departments strengthened her hand in ceramic works.

In her ceramics, Sureyya Acar deals with issues such as war, despotism and totalitarian regimes, as well as issues related to social equality, love and her own existence. In today's world, she mirrors many social problems, from the place of love to money and material, to the difficulties of existing as a woman in a patriarchal society, to parents who program their children as robots under the pressure of the system.


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