Blood Red


November 26 – December 25, 2016

Exhibition Information

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.

About Adonis


Is born in Al Qassabin, Latakia, French Syria

1943 During a country tour of President Shukri al-Quwatli, reads his first poem at the stage, earning the appreciation of the President

1944 Joins the Syrian Social Nationalist Party

1943-1949 Completes first and secondary education at the Tartus French School and Latakia State School, respectively.

1950 His first poetry book Dalila is published.

1950-1954 Receives law and philosophy education at the University of Damascus.

1954-1956 Serves in the military. Spends one year in prison.  

1956 Marries literary critic Khalida Said, leaves Syria for Lebanon.

1957-1964 Along with Youssef el Khal, co-founds Majallat Shi'r, a poetry magazine, known for publishing strong critical and experimental poems.

1960 Obtains Lebanese citizenship.

1960-1961 Receives a scholarship to study in Paris.

1968 Founds Mawaqif(Positions/Locations), another experimental poetry magazine.

1970-1985 Lectures on Arabic Literature at Lebanon University. Teaches at the University of Damascus, Sorbonne (Paris III), and, in the United States, at Georgetown and Princeton universities.

1973 Receives a Ph.D. from Beirut Saint Joseph University with his work on Arabic Literature.

1976 Teaches as a visiting lecturer at University of Damascus.

1980 Emigrates to Paris to escape the Lebanese Civil War.

1985 Settles in Paris with his family.

2000 Starts making images using calligraphy, color and figurative gestures.

The works have been displayed in many cities, including London, Paris, Berlin, Amman, and Damascus. Regarded as the most renowned living poet of the Arab world, Adonis has set modern Arabic poetry on a new course by drawing strength from the Neo-Sufism and Arabic poetry traditions. He has been nominated for the Nobel Prize on various occasions, and since 1968 has received numerous international awards from many countries, including Lebanon, the United States, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, and Turkey.  

A poet and a critic with a myriad of articles, books and anthologies in the fields of literary history and philosophy; Adonis has had over 50 poetry books published and translated into many languages since the 1950s.  


1952 Is born in the Aydoğmuş, Konya.

1963-1966 Graduates from İvriz Primary School Teacher's Training School.

1966- 1970 Is sent to a painting seminar by his teachers in consideration of his talent. Continues his education at the Istanbul Primary School Teacher's Training School.

1970-1974 Graduates from the State School of Applied Fine Arts (currently, Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts).

1974-1976 Serves in the military in the Nusaybin and Cizre districts of Mardin.

1976-1980 Is recruited as a painter by the General Directorate of Construction of the Ministry of Education. Six months later, is transferred to the Film, Radio and Television Education Center, creating educational films, graphics and decorations for middle school and high school educational programs. Experiments with drawing cartoons for the first time.

1980-1988 Works as a news graphic designer for TRT News Department.

1988 Resigns from TRT to get involved in arts full time.

Çocukluğunun geçtiği Aydoğmuş köyündeki yaşamı, resimlerinde kullanacağı bazı renkleri ve motifleri derinden etkiledi.  1970’li yıllarda dönemin çalkantılı toplumsal yapısı işlerine yansıdı. 80’li yılların ortalarına doğru, düşlere dair imgelemleri öne çıkardı. Sanatında baştan beri gerçeği kendi süzgecinden geçirerek soyutlamaya önem veren sanatçının  resimleri bu dönemde öyküsel olandan giderek daha da uzaklaştı. 1990’lı yıllardan sonra çizgi kadar rengin lekesel etkilerini de öne çıkardı. Türkiye sanatında kendine özgü bir yer edinen Aydoğdu, 1976’dan bu yana yurt içinde ve yurt dışında 70’in üstünde kişisel sergi açtı. Pek çok karma sergiye, bienale, projelere katıldı, katkıda bulundu.  2015 yılında İş-Sanat Galerisi’nde retrospektif sergisi açıldı. Hakkında yazılan eleştiri, makale, sergi katalogları ve kitaplar, kapsamlı bir kaynakça oluşturmaktadır.

Sanat alanında çeşitli ödüllerinden bazıları, 1987 yılında 4. Yunus Emre Resim Yarışması Başarı Ödülü, Uluslararası Bandırma Kuş Cenneti Kültür ve Sanat Festivali Resim Yarışması Başarı Ödülü, 21. DYO Resim Yarışması Resim Ödülü, 48. Devlet Resim ve Heykel Sergisi Resim Ödülü, 1997 yılında 8. Asya Sanat Bienali Onur Ödülü, 2009 yılında ise Artforum Ankara 5. Sanat Fuarı Sanatçı Onur Ödülü’dür.

Yapıtları, Ankara Resim ve Heykel Müzesi, İzmir Selçuk Yaşar Resim Müzesi, İzmir Resim Heykel Müzesi, Merkez Bankası Sanat Koleksiyonu, İş Bankası Sanat Koleksiyonu, Eskişehir Anadolu Üniversitesi Çağdaş Sanatlar Müzesi, Hacettepe Sanat Müzesi, Gazi Üniversitesi Sanat Müzesi, Proje 4L-Elgiz Güncel Sanat Müzesi ve bir çok özel koleksiyonda yer almaktadır.

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