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BAnneanne Serisi – Dua III (Avize) (: Grandma Series – Prayer III (Chandelier))

2017. Wood, cooking twine, candies prayed on by Grandma. 6’ x 2’ x 2’. Detail.

Concrete Landscape I (Mountains)

2017. Wood, concrete. 18” x 18” x 1.5”

Dream Graphic #1: Sinking of the Galatasaray Islet

I have been visually journalling my dreams.

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About sera

Baltimore City

Sera Boeno (1991, Istanbul) is a sculptor and installation artist based in Baltimore. Concrete, metal, wood, found objects make the foundations of her practice. Silenced topics –politics, sex, religion, trauma– are central to her work, which she addresses by collecting small, intimate bits of information, and re- contextualizing these in public, enduring narratives. Boeno graduated from Dartmouth College with degrees in Neuroscience and Studio Art, where she then taught. She has worked in various... more

Anneanne Serisi (: Grandma Series)

This series is inspired by my grandma Neriman Aydin, her religious and social practices, daily routines, stories, memories and relationships.

Dream Graphics

I have been visually journaling my dreams since September 2017. This portfolio shows some pages of my digital journal. Images collaged are from stock, popular media and Turkish news sources.

Concrete Paintings

This portfolio features a new body of work: a group of paintings made with repetitive casting of concrete on plywood in a personal effort to find beauty in the concrete-ification of my hometown. The outcome is abstract landscapes.

Kelimeler Kıyafetsiz (:Words Naked / Are Not Enough)

My praxis is fundamentally research based. and I am heavily influenced by the socio-politics of my motherland, Turkey. Historically silenced topics –politics, sex, religion, trauma– are central to my artistic inquiry. I capture in wax and catalog memories; I sculpt violence against women; I make objects out of police misconduct; I collect small, intimate bits of information, and re-contextualize them in larger discourses. This transformation of particular, evanescent stories into public, enduring narratives is a constant in my work; the subject matter varies.

“Kelimeler Kıyafetsiz (:Words Naked/Are Not Enough) is an ongoing research project on representations of women in political speech from Turkey. In 2014, I formed the text into 10 writing stones visually drawing from Orkhon Inscriptions: bilingually inscribed Turkic artifacts glorifying 8th Century Göktürk Princes. In 2016, I built the text into a concrete frieze inspired by Assyrian Reliefs eulogizing kings who once sat in the now ancient palaces of Nineveh.

Antithetical to the ancient and archeological visual language I employ in these works, the methodology, the typography and the materials all relate to modern processes such as gentrification, mass-printings and mining. The outcome is a contemporary relic, much like the antiquated conceptualizations of womanhood in modern day patriarchies.

The new iteration takes the form of a column comparable to Trajan’s. Phallic monuments have been erected throughout history as markers of conquest. The helical narrative climbing around this 20-foot monument is accessorized by imagery from Tezhip – a form of Turkish-Islamic illumination ornamenting the margins of man-made text– paralleling the opening words around the column: “Turkish woman is the ornament of her house...”

The text reads, “I don’t believe in the equality of men and women. … Men and women are different. They are each other’s complementary”. And so, this proud male-monument has a complementary counterpart: A set of golden mouth accessories that cage the lips of its wearer in Tezhip motifs. Delicate, seductive, valuable in material, silencing, these beautiful gaggers confirm women’s exclusion from the linguistic realm and marginalization as ornament within history.

Icons

This project portfolio shows image stills from video installation and live animation mixing performance for 2017 Philadelphia Fashion Week's Made Institute Fashion Show. Imagery was inspired from Eastern Orthodox religious iconography, created using assets collected from participating designers, models, artists and their works, to draw a parallel between different types of icons from fashion to pop to religious. In collaboration with digital artist Fredric Freeman.

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    Image still from live video performance at 2017 Philadelphia Fashion Week
  • Icon III

    Image still from live video performance at 2017 Philadelphia Fashion Week
  • Icon IV

    Image still from live video performance at 2017 Philadelphia Fashion Week
  • Icon II

    Image still from live video performance at 2017 Philadelphia Fashion Week
  • Icon V

    Image still from live video performance at 2017 Philadelphia Fashion Week
  • Icon VI

    Image still from live video performance at 2017 Philadelphia Fashion Week
  • Icon VII

    Image still from live video performance at 2017 Philadelphia Fashion Week
  • Icon VIII

    Image still from live video performance at 2017 Philadelphia Fashion Week

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