Selected works by Pinar Yolaçan

Pinar Yolaçan



106.7 x 82 cm
Pinar Yolaçan presents us with a paradox: the clothed body as (a kind of) nude. In her series Perishables, the artist has outfitted stoic British matrons in animal flesh.
Pinar Yolaçan



101.6 x 82 cm

Each woman has had her garment made expressly to complement her physiognomy. Yolaçan photographs in the manner of a 19th-century anthropologist, though it must be said, however, that her subjects are volunteers unlike the native peoples of the British Empire, ‘specimens’ who were put before the lens whether they liked it or not.

Pinar Yolaçan



106.7 x 82 cm
Yolaçan’s models are fading relics of the British Empire, the distant descendants (the Turkish photographer imagines) of women who were married to the administrators of distant colonies. Now it is they who submit to the scrutiny of the lens. And it is they who now bear the badges of primitiveness.
Pinar Yolaçan



101.6 x 82 cm
Beyond the issues of race and unevenly distributed power, however, there is a more profound question: the confused and contradictory relationship we have with the animal kingdom. Claude Lévi-Strauss famously proposed ‘the raw and the cooked’ as symbolic equivalents to nature and culture, noting that of all the animal species only humans cook food. But Yolaçan reminds us of a simpler truth: we are what we eat.

Text by William A Ewing

Pinar Yolaçan's Biography

Pinar Yolaçan
Born in 1981, Turkey
Lives and works in New York


Maria, CCA, The Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria

Maria, Yapi Kredi Foundation, Istanbul

Perishables, Finnish Museum of Photography, Cable Factory, Helsinki
Maria, Rivington Arms, New York
Perishables, Yapi Kredi Foundation, Istanbul

Perishables, Rivington Arms, New York


Out of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London
State of the Art Photography NRW-Forum, Dusseldorf, Germany

Four Minutes, Thirty-Three Seconds curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Legal Art, Miami
Commercial Break curated by Neville Wakefield, presented by GARAGE center of
Contemporary Art (Moscow) Venice, Italy
Photomed Photography Festival 2011, Sanary sur Mer, France
A selection from the Elgiz Collection curated by Haldun Dostoglu, Ciragan Palace, Istanbul, Turkey
Tahditsiz/Unbounded, Proje 4L Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
Bric Rotunda Gallery at Verge Art Fair, Brooklyn, New York,US
Random Thoughts; Selections from the Gallery's Inventory, Rick Wester Fine Art, NY, US
Rick Wester Fine Art at AIPAD, NY, US
Strange Alchemy curated by Persis Singh, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Run and Tell That: New Work from New York, curated by Eric Gleason and David Lake Prince, SU
Art Galleries, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US
Camera Club of New York Benefit Auction, CCNY, NY, US
Children's Museum of the Arts Benefit Auction, NY, US
Siren, Anna Kustera Gallery, NY, US
GNY: Rotating Gallery curated by Kate Fowle, MoMA PS1 NY, US
Greater New York 2010. MoMA PS1 NY, US
Big Girls, Rick Wester Fine Art, NY, US
Rick Wester Fine Art at AIPAD, NY, US
Localization, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2009 Artist of the Month Showcase, Invisible Exports, New York, US
Istanbul Next Wave: Istanbul Modern Collection at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of
Photography, NY, USA
Invisible Exports at NY Art Book Fair, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NY, USA
New Works, New Horizons, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
Third Biennial Photography Auction, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, US
Tracking Traces, KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
In the Light of Play, CCA Lagos at Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
In the Light of Play, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa
Istanbul Traversee, Lille3000, Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, Lille, France
The Mood Back Home, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY, US

Meat After Meat Joy, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, NY, US
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art Benefit, Yvon Lambert Gallery, NY, US
Turkish Realities; Positions in Contemporary Photography from Turkey, Fotografie Forum
International, Frankfurt, Germany
Regional Delicacies: Alef's Art Mezze, XVA Gallery, Creek Art Fair, Dubai, UAE
I will never lie to my mother again, Mogadishni Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark

Rivington Arms at Frieze Art Fair, London
Sobe!, Galerist/Bilsar, Istanbul, Turkey

Wild Girls, Exit Art, New York, US
Sotheby's Art Auction to Benefit Riverkeeper, NY, US
Strangers with Angelic Faces, Akbank Cultural Center, Istanbul, Turkey
Strangers with Angelic Faces, SPACE Triangle Gallery, London, UK
Goodbye to All That, Rivington Arms, New York, US

Entropy Interrupted, Two Trees Gallery Building, New York, US
Surface Tension, Gallery 500, Portland, US
Art-Robe: Women Artists at the Nexus of Fashion and Art, UNESCO, Paris, France
Rivington Arms at The Armory Show, New York, US

Art+Commerce 2004 Festival of Emerging Photographers, New York, US
Blueprint, Silo Gallery, NY, US

Xhibit, The London Institute Gallery, London, UK
The Cloth Show, Islington Business Design Center, London, UK