Solo Exhibitions by Belgin Yücelen
The first exhibition is titled “Clothes from the Past.” Presented in the Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole in Illinois, showcasing a series of sculptural dresses referencing to the historical past. Yücelen, being a Turkish-American, is inspired by her cultural history and creates these dresses as a reference to the clothing patterns of Europe and Anatolia during the era of the Ottoman Empire, building a body of work with vital historical importance. Her work also has a strong connection with the contemporary population shift, migration waves, and overall cultural exchange, as the reimagined clothes refer not only to the Islamic traditions but to the diverse cultural background of the empire that included many Christians and Jews as well.
“Floating Children” is the second parallel exhibition held by Byücelen in Lakeside Arts Park, in which she collaborated with photojournalist Bryan Rutter; the exhibition has a dual nature of photography and installation, by exhibiting sheer fabric that has photographs of Syrian Children printed and hung from the ceiling. The result is a fleeting, semi-transparent and ethereal image that reflects on the consequences of the current horrific civil war on children. It is an installation that promotes the beautiful innocence of children and their tragic contrast with the violence that they daily experience. The form in which they present themselves underlines the fragility of their existence in an environment hostile and deadly to their youth, a testament to their vanishing childhood.
For more images and more information, contact:
Belgin Yucelen, 303 264 9122, email@example.com
Vera Lewis, 815-455-8000, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.lakesideartspark.org/