Rezzan Gumgum’s solo exhibition “The Street Heals Me”, curated by BarışSeyitvan, is exhibited between 13 and 28 December in Tosca Art.
Rezzan Gumgum who concentrates on the concepts of everyday life, geography, and boundaries is recently making linesto the streetsby pouring red paint. Further, the artist who carries out her action with different mediums (photography, video, installation) examines the lives shaped by constant interferences of ideological apparatuses and the boundaries drawn around the individuals.
The artist aims to emphasize the transformative power of everyday life through the invigorating motion of the street. “Street” is also used as a metaphorical representation of everyday life. It is considered that everyday life is an encountering area of individuals with concrete other; meanwhile, individuals attain consistent identities. Lefebvre states “Everyday life should become an art. A person may live his life as an artwork.” This view also shapes the basis of the current works of Gumgum.
Ideological apparatuses produce and maintain itself by interfering in society’s everyday life. The exhibition also reminds the audience of the desire of situationists which will be started by changing everyday life and concluded with transforming the entire world. Therefore, the exhibition investigates gender stereotypes; life in urban and rural; identity; and the ideological apparatuses that regulate social life such as patriarchal family, education system and culture. By doing that, this exhibition refers to the desire to form new situations by the effort of the individual to build her/his existence in everyday life without an impact of external and determinist interferences.
RezzanGumgum (1978) lives and works in Ankara and Madrid. She studied art teaching at Gazi University. She is completing a PhD at Hacettepe University Institute of Fine Arts Department of Painting. In 2011 she studied at Macerata Academy of Fine Arts in Italy. Between 2018-2019, she continued her art research at the Complutense University of Madrid. As a member of Madrid based art collective “La paridera”, Gumgum’s art practice is based on concepts such as everyday life, social control, and boundary. Gumgum uses different mediums like painting, sculpture, video, photography, performance, installation and all forms of relationship exploration.