Blood Red

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The "Blood Red" exhibition brings together Adonis, one of the most prominent living poets of Arabic literature, and Habip Aydoğdu, who has earned a distinguished and unique place for himself in Turkish art. The exhibit will be on display for art lovers at the Izmir Folkart Gallery from October 26 until December 25, 2016. Curated by Zeynep Yasa- aman, the “Blood Red” exhibit features multi-dimensional works that combine writing, poems and images, as well as color, calligraphy, sounds and words.

Adonis thinks that it is important to be collaborating with Habip Aydoğdu at a time of conflict in the Middle East and believes poetry and painting would play a unifying role between the two cultures that were on the brink of breaking away from each other. Avoiding strict definitions of art, Adonis, for his part, associated all branches of art, in other words; music, sculpture, painting and poetry, with each other, and believed that the difference between a poem and painting came from the material used, and that painting, too, is a form of poetry, and the use of different forms in creation vary depending on the artist. Mysticism, existentialism, individualism, addressing social issues, and bringing together the real and spiritual, are all characterizations that could be used to describe the works of both.  

Habip Aydoğdu has been reading the poetry of Adonis since 2015, making him familiar with his thoughts and creativity, and writing a 120-page “Adonis Günlüğü” (Adonis Diary), featuring images accompanied by writings based on Adonis's poems. They intertwine with each others' work with stains, drawings and verses. The “Blood Red” exhibition presents Aydoğdu’s photos and the picture-diary that he kept with inspiration from the poetry of Adonis.

For Adonis and Aydoğdu, what matters is the “mass,” and being able to exist and become free within the mass. They enter into a thought process on roots, origins, relationships, separations, black-outs, and events. Connection points of their interactions and encounters are also the exit points of their cognitive differences and concepts. To them; it’s crucial to have an independent and creative body, and when creating, to set the hands, eyes, heart, and the mind free while remaining pure like a child. In their art, they reveal the other, unseen side of what's present. The most significant color that defines their world is “red.” Their passion for “red” is a key that allows them to open up to the universe.

The exhibition deals with shared lives and sensibilities migrated from nearby regions. They touch the tense, dangerous and dark face of modernity, unsettling elements brought on by the industrialized war, games played on the Middle Eastern realm, dismantled cultures and beliefs, chaos, globalized terror, destroyed lives, casualties, exiles, migrations, and contradictions surrounded by camps..