Tide incident / Variations on marriage: Desktop

Hakan Onur2003

İstanbul Museum of Modern Art

İstanbul Museum of Modern Art
İstanbul, Türkiye

Hakan Onur graduated with a master's degree in painting from the Marmara University. He constructs new narratives, weaving together collective/personal memories and different perceptions of time. Onur’s 'Med Cezir' exhibition revolves around the theme of diminishing to reform personal memories and experiences as if out of an excess, which leads the way to the emergence of new forms. According to Onur, we gain insights into the future when we make an effort to remember the past; thus in his paintings, the compass of the past discovers today, and today explores tomorrow. As if pulverizing his experiences with an artistic pestle, he recycles and reshapes this mixed content in his paintings. A multitude of different visual elements and styles come together during this process; scenes from animated films, images that remind children's stories, floral ornamentations, halved creatures, doctors performing surgical operations, are some of the prominent motifs in the artist's works. In this outlandish playground, all players speak for themselves; all images carry their individual, inherent narratives. The typical visual/textual signs of daily life such as floral patterns, texts, saturated colors and caricatures, which are all familiar to us independently, through encounters and juxtapositions, become the dreamlike maps of an impenetrable imaginary world.


  • Title: Tide incident / Variations on marriage: Desktop
  • Creator: Hakan Onur
  • Creator Nationality: Turkish
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: 2003
  • Physical Dimensions: w145 x h200 cm
  • Original Title: Med-cezir olayı / Evlilik üzerine çeşitlemeler: Masa üstü
  • Type: Mixed media
  • Rights: Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Foundation Collection / Long Term Loan, İstanbul Museum of Modern Art
  • External Link: İstanbul Museum of Modern Art
  • Medium: Mixed media on canvas

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