a repurposed architecture
2006
Lightjet C-prints on Ultramount
W 81cm x H 112cm (W 32" x H 44")

 

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The series a repurposed architecture explores a building complex in transition in Istanbul, Turkey. Üsküdar Imam Hatip Lisesi, previously used as a monastery, a prison, and a school and now slated to become studios and instructional space for the fine arts university, was explored over the course of a week in 2006. This space held a certain fascination, given its state of disrepair and more so its age and novelty in comparison to the frequent use of Modernist concrete forms in Vancouver and the Netherlands. The continual repurposing of space is somewhat different from the predominant tendency—as evidenced in Vancouver, with its persistent and accelerating construction boom—to replace rather than re-use. The images in a repurposed architecture attend to the Romanticist history of aesthetic fascination with the past and decay, while referencing contemporary forms such as the work of Gabriel Orozco and Jeff Wall's Diagonal Composition works.

a repurposed architecture was presented in May & June, 2008 in a solo exhibition at Republic Gallery.