Photos by: Furkan Temir
“Ways Out From The World”, curated by Fulya Erdemci (with associate curator Kevser Güler), took its name from the title of the book by the author, poet and artist Sami Baydar, published in 1990. In despairing circumstances of impossibility and impotence of action, Baydar proposed in his book, the poetic act –Act of making meaning / making the World– as a vigorous enactment of emancipation, directly referencing to the realm of imaginary, the ways that art can open up. As opposed to the naked reality as factuality, “Ways Out From The World” intended to conjure up desires for what had not yet emerged, not yet been visible and was yet to come.
Inspired by the tradition of retreat into solitude by the saints and the organic lifestyles integrated into nature in Cappadocia, Yasam Sasmazer inquires the possibility of transforming ourselves for a better future. For this exhibition, she has created a sculpture of a female figure who surrenders to natural forces and lets herself be invaded by nature. With this work located in a secluded cave in Keyisdere Valley, the artist does not only focus on the reverse invasion of nature over humanity, but also tests the impact of nature on her wooden sculpture.
Cappadox was a progressive multi-disciplinary cultural festival that brought local and international contemporary art, music, nature and outdoor programs together. Set in the dramatic landscape of Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, Cappadox was held in four editions between 2015 - 2018.