About The Work
In the Portraits series, Berksoy, continuously seeking novel ways to draw music and drama in her paintings, gives the central stage to the people who have played significant roles in her life and in her time. As a wonderful storyteller, Berksoy had a unique way of capturing the essence of the person she portrayed; allowing the soul to become visible beyond the visage. While the people in the portraits age in time, Berksoy stays forever young; always daring, always ahead. Her energy is reflected in her lines that defy any art-historical style and draw the viewer into her cosmic world. The portraits enliven, grow, travel, and tell the stories of the people from Berksoy’s musical, private, and fantasy worlds. Berksoy’s portraits had a dual function of being both characters and memoirs in her life: she surrounded herself with them, talked to them, and fed herself through them. Her bedroom, which she designed like an art installation, was covered from wall to wall with portraits that lived with her, mirroring her inner self and allowing her life story to be carried into the future.
Burcu Yağcıoğlu’s practice encompasses drawing, video, collage and painting. Her work explores the interrelations, shifts and influences between species, natures and fictions. Working with various systems of knowledge and visual representation, such as gif animations, cookbooks and encyclopaedias, she creates works, which reflect on information flow, perceptions of nature and given cultural hierarchies.
Yağcıoğlu studied BA in painting at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and MA in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design at Sabanci University. In 2008 she moved to London for an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, which she completed in 2010.
Founded in 2001 in Istanbul, Galerist is one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Turkey. Since then the gallery has established a reputation for nurturing the careers of outstanding Turkish contemporary artists and introducing their work to a global audience whilst simultaneously bringing some of the best and most challenging international, contemporary art to Istanbul. With a view to supporting Turkey’s growing contemporary art world Galerist has, since 2006, published Art Unlimited, one of country’s leading art magazines. The gallery continues to pursue a creative direction that that balances the emerging and the established and national and international artists – with the constant aim of presenting and supporting outstanding contemporary visual art practices.
Galerist Tepebaşı is the main exhibition site of the gallery. The historical building which dates back to the 18th century provides 250m2 of exhibition space and includes the gallery’s administrative offices.