Selected works by Pinar Yolaçan

Pinar Yolaçan
Untitled

2002

C-print

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
Untitled

2003

C-print

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
Untitled

2001

C-print

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
Untitled

2003

C-print

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


Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information and images- Pinar Yolaçan

the-artists.org
Modern and contemporary art and artists - Pinar Yolaçan

pinaryolaçan.com
Second Seed - Paul Johnson
Through a ruby veil, Johnson’s second division sports pastimes expose themselves to our sudden telepathic vision. Johnson’s plastic paintings don’t come off in one go though. One has to peer through the diaphanous surface to collect the fragments of the tableau.

rivingtonarms.com
Representing gallery - information about recent exhibitions, images and other links

saatchigallery.com
Saatchi Gallery online magazine - interview with the Pinar Yolaçan
High fashion may be the ultimate symbol of civilization at its furthest from nature, but Turkish-born and New York-based photographer Pinar Yolaçan demonstrates that fashion can also illustrate our most anti-social desires and our fundamental fear of the fallibility of our flesh.