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Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Fishbone IV, 2019-2022, Kinetic sculpture, bronze, mechanism, wood

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Fishbone IV, 2019-2022

Kinetic sculpture, bronze, mechanism, wood

Installation view at Biennale of Sydney, The Cutaway, Barangaroo, Australia, 2022

Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous assistance from SAHA Association

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Skin Deep, 2021, Sculpture, carpet and wood

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Skin Deep, 2021

Sculpture, carpet and wood

Installation view at Protocinema, Istanbul, 2021

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Skin Deep (detail), 2021

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Skin Deep (detail), 2021

Hera Büyüktaşciyan, My Eye's Pupil Is Your Nest, 2021, Installation view at Autostrada Biennale, Prizren, Kosovo, 2021

Hera Büyüktaşciyan, My Eye's Pupil Is Your Nest, 2021

Installation view at Autostrada Biennale, Prizren, Kosovo, 2021

Hera Büyüktaşciyan, My Eye's Pupil Is Your Nest, 2021, Installation view at Autostrada Biennale, Prizren, Kosovo, 2021

Hera Büyüktaşciyan, My Eye's Pupil Is Your Nest, 2021

Installation view at Autostrada Biennale, Prizren, Kosovo, 2021

Hera Büyüktaşciyan, Icons for Hidden Stones, 2021, Archival photo print, marble mosaic, 29.7 x 42 cm

Hera Büyüktaşciyan, Icons for Hidden Stones, 2021

Archival photo print, marble mosaic, 29.7 x 42 cm

Hera Büyüktaşciyan, Icons for Hidden Stones, 2021, Archival photo print, marble mosaic, 29.7 x 42 cm

Hera Büyüktaşciyan, Icons for Hidden Stones, 2021

Archival photo print, marble mosaic, 29.7 x 42 cm

Hera Büyüktaşciyan, Icons for Hidden Stones, 2021, Archival photo print, marble mosaic, 29.7 x 42 cm

Hera Büyüktaşciyan, Icons for Hidden Stones, 2021

Archival photo print, marble mosaic, 29.7 x 42 cm

Hera Büyüktaşciyan, Icons for Hidden Stones (detail), 2021

Hera Büyüktaşciyan, Icons for Hidden Stones (detail), 2021
 

Hera Büyüktaşciyan in curatorial collaboration with Haajra Haider Karrar

Hera Büyüktaşciyan
in curatorial collaboration with Haajra Haider Karrar

Infinite Nectar (still), 2019
Video, 10 mins 54 secs

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Reveries of an Underground Forest, 2019, Carpets, Composed of 9 carpets, Dimensions variable

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Reveries of an Underground Forest, 2019

Carpets, Composed of 9 carpets, Dimensions variable

Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2020

Hera Büyüktaşciyan, Reveries of an Underground Forest (4&5), 2019

Hera Büyüktaşciyan

Reveries of an Underground Forest (4&5), 2019

Carpets, Approx. 125h x 40dia cm (each)

Hera Büyüktaşciyan, Reveries of an Underground Forest (6), 2019

Hera Büyüktaşciyan

Reveries of an Underground Forest (6), 2019

Carpet, 127h x 33dia cm

Hera Büyüktaşciyan, Reveries of an Underground Forest (6) (detail), 2019

Hera Büyüktaşciyan

Reveries of an Underground Forest (6) (detail), 2019

Hera Büyüktaşciyan From the series Lithic Verses, 2020

Hera Büyüktaşciyan
From the series Lithic Verses, 2020
Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2020

Hera Büyüktaşciyan From the series Lithic Verses, 2020

Hera Büyüktaşciyan
From the series Lithic Verses, 2020
Archival print, graphite on paper
38 x 51.7 cm

Hera Büyüktaşciyan From the series Lithic Verses, 2020

Hera Büyüktaşciyan
From the series Lithic Verses, 2020
Archival print, graphite on paper
38 x 51.7 cm

Hera Büyüktaşciyan From the series Lithic Verses (detail), 2020

Hera Büyüktaşciyan
From the series Lithic Verses (detail), 2020

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Terrestrial I & II, 2019, Archival print, graphite on paper, 142 x 109.5 cm (each)

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Terrestrial I & II, 2019

Archival print, graphite on paper, 142 x 109.5 cm (each)

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Terrestrial I, 2019, Archival print, graphite on paper, 142 x 109.5 cm

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Terrestrial I, 2019

Archival print, graphite on paper, 142 x 109.5 cm

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Terrestrial I (detail), 2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Terrestrial I (detail), 2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Seldom Seen, Soon Forgotten, 2018 - 2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan

Seldom Seen, Soon Forgotten, 2018 - 2019

Site-Specific installation, Capiz shells, wood and metal

Dimensions variable

Installation view at National Gallery, Singapore Biennale, Singapore, 2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, A Study on Endless Archipelagos, 2017-2019, Tiles, cement, brick, bronze, wood, Dimensions variable

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, A Study on Endless Archipelagos, 2017-2019

Tiles, cement, brick, bronze, wood, Dimensions variable

Installation view at National Gallery, Singapore Biennale, Singapore, 2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, A Study on Endless Archipelagos (detail), 2017-2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, A Study on Endless Archipelagos (detail), 2017-2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, A Study on Endless Archipelagos (detail), 2017-2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, A Study on Endless Archipelagos (detail), 2017-2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, On Threads and Frequencies, 2019, Beacons and cordage

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, On Threads and Frequencies, 2019

Beacons and cordage

Installation view at GIGANTISME, France, 2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, On Threads and Frequencies, 2019, Beacons and cordage

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, On Threads and Frequencies, 2019

Beacons and cordage

Installation view at GIGANTISME, France, 2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Fishbone V, 2019, Wood, rope

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Fishbone V, 2019

Wood, rope

Installation view at Theological School of Halki, Turkey, 2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Fishbone IV, 2019, Bronze, wood, mechanism

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Fishbone IV, 2019

Bronze, wood, mechanism

Installation view at Theological School of Halki, Turkey, 2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Fishbone III, 2015, Installation view at Theological School of Halki, Turkey, 2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Fishbone III, 2015

Installation view at Theological School of Halki, Turkey, 2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Foundations, 2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Foundations, 2019
Carpet and metal, Composed of 12 carpets

Dimensions variable

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Icons for Birds on Stones, 2018, Print and pencil on wood, piece of found wooden furniture

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Icons for Birds on Stones, 2018

Print and pencil on wood, piece of found wooden furniture

17 x 21.50 x 117 cm

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Studies On Threads and Frequencies, 2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Studies On Threads and Frequencies, 2019
Golden leaf on photographic paper

Set of 4, 42 x 32 cm (each)

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Studies On Threads and Frequencies (detail), 2019, Golden leaf on photographic paper

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Studies On Threads and Frequencies (detail), 2019

Golden leaf on photographic paper

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Drawing the Line, Remembering the Rope, 2019, Bronze, pine wood, Dimensions variable

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Drawing the Line, Remembering the Rope, 2019

Bronze, pine wood, Dimensions variable

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Drawing the Line, Remembering the Rope (detail), 2019, Bronze, pine wood, Dimensions variable

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Drawing the Line, Remembering the Rope (detail), 2019

Bronze, pine wood, Dimensions variable

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Geodetic Threads Vol. I, 2019

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Geodetic Threads Vol. I, 2019
Print, graphite, color pencil on paper
Set of 6, 30 x 41 cm (each)

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Geodetic Threads Vol. I (detail), 2019, Print, graphite, color pencil on paper

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Geodetic Threads Vol. I (detail), 2019

Print, graphite, color pencil on paper

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, From There We Came Out and Saw the Stars, 2018, Installation view at Aqua Augusta, Naples, Italy, 2018

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, From There We Came Out and Saw the Stars, 2018

Installation view at Aqua Augusta, Naples, Italy, 2018

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, From There We Came Out and Saw the Stars (detail), 2018, Installation view at Aqua Augusta, Naples, Italy, 2018

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, From There We Came Out and Saw the Stars (detail), 2018

Installation view at Aqua Augusta, Naples, Italy, 2018

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Deconstructors Volume I, 2017

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Deconstructors Volume I, 2017
Collage on paper, Set of 6, 29.75 x 42 cm (each)

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Deconstructors Volume I (detail), 2017

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Deconstructors Volume I (detail), 2017

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Deconstructing a Line, 2017, Wood and bronze, 90 x 182 x 65 cm

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Deconstructing a Line, 2017

Wood and bronze, 90 x 182 x 65 cm

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Deconstructing a Line (detail), 2017

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Deconstructing a Line (detail), 2017

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Everflowing Pool of Nectar, 2017, Chalk and graphite on paper, 1000 x 50 cm each

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Everflowing Pool of Nectar, 2017

Chalk and graphite on paper, 1000 x 50 cm each

Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2017

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Everflowing Pool of Nectar (detail), 2017

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Everflowing Pool of Nectar (detail), 2017

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, The Relic, 2016, Wood, bronze and marble mosaic

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, The Relic, 2016

Wood, bronze and marble mosaic

Bronze hands: 76 x 20 cm each

Wooden blocks: 17 x 7 x 5 cm each

 

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, The Relic (detail), 2016

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, The Relic (detail), 2016

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Icons for builders, 2017, Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2017

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Icons for builders, 2017

Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2017

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, An Icon of a Marble King I, 2016, Wood and marble, 17 x 37 x 8 cm

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, An Icon of a Marble King I, 2016, Wood and marble, 17 x 37 x 8 cm

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Icons for builders, 2017, Wood and marble, 26.25 x 20 cm

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Icons for builders, 2017

Wood and marble, 26.25 x 20 cm

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Freely You have Received, Freely Give, 2016, Ceramic, acrylic, wood

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Freely You have Received, Freely Give, 2016

Ceramic, acrylic, wood

Installation view at Kızılçukur Valley, Cappadocia, 2016

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Freely You have Received, Freely Give (detail), 2016

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Freely You have Received, Freely Give (detail), 2016

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Rising...A Small Height from the Ground, 2016, 28m site specific installation

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Rising...A Small Height from the Ground, 2016

28m site specific installation

Installation view at Küçükyalı Arkeopark, Istanbul, Turkey, 2016

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, When Things Find Their Own Cleft, 2016, Installation view at ALT Bomonti, Istanbul, Turkey, 2016

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, When Things Find Their Own Cleft, 2016

Installation view at ALT Bomonti, Istanbul, Turkey, 2016

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Destroy Your House, Build up a Boat, Save Life, 2015, Carpet, wood, rope

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Destroy Your House, Build up a Boat, Save Life, 2015

Carpet, wood, rope
Installation View at EVA International, Ireland, 2016

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Destroy Your House, Build up a Boat, Save Life (detail), 2015

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Destroy Your House, Build up a Boat, Save Life (detail), 2015

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Main Balcony, 2014, Cast iron and rope, 137 x 160 x 79 cm

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Main Balcony, 2014

Cast iron and rope, 137 x 160 x 79 cm
Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2016

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Dock, 2014, Found wooden furniture, plank, magnet, engine driven

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Dock, 2014

Found wooden furniture, plank, magnet, engine driven

mechanism, Two parts: Part 1, 225 x 100 x 25 cm

Part 2, 195 x 100 x 25 cm

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Panarchia (detail), 2012-2014, Installation, Gilded gold on 200 porcelain eggs, stone

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Panarchia (detail), 2012-2014

Installation, Gilded gold on 200 porcelain eggs, stone

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Panarchia (detail), 2012 - 2014

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Panarchia (detail), 2012 - 2014
Installation view at DEPO, Istanbul, 2014

Biography

Detail of Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Terrestrial I

Photo by Kayhan Kaygusuz

 

Detail of Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Terrestrial I

Photo by Kayhan Kaygusuz

 

 

In her multidisciplinary practice, Hera Büyüktaşcıyan uses the notion of absence and invisibility, in order to anchor memory through unseen and forgotten aspects of time & space and architectural memory in reference to ruptures in socio-political histories. Through her sculptures, site specific interventions, drawings and films, Büyüktaşcıyan dives into terrestrial imagination by unearthing patterns of selected narratives and timelines that unfold the material memory of unstable spaces.

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan was born in Istanbul in 1984, and graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting department in 2006. She was awarded the Emerging Artist Prize at the Toronto Biennial of Art in 2019. 

Portrait of Hera Büyüktaşcıyan by Silvina der Meguerditchian

Portrait of Hera Büyüktaşcıyan by Silvina der Meguerditchian

Solo exhibitions include: Protocinema, New York, NY (forthcoming); On Stones and Palimpsests, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2020); Neither on the Ground, nor in the Sky, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2019); and Write Injuries on Sand and Kindness in Marble, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2017).

Group exhibitions include: Biennale Matter of Art, Prague, Czech Republic (forthcoming); rīvus, Biennale of Sydney 2022, Australia (2022); Soft Water Hard Stone, New Museum Triennial, New York, NY (2021); Once Upon a Time Inconceivable, Protocinema, Istanbul (2021); I heard it from the valleys, Haus N Athen, Athens, Greece (2021); What If a Journey..., Autostrada Biennale, Kosovo (2021); Permanent Spring, Delayed Bloom, Protocinema Open Air Screening Tour 2021, Multiple cities (2021); Reflections: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, The British Museum, London, UK (2021); LB02: between the sun and the moon, Lahore Biennale, Lahore, Pakistan (2020); Every Step in the Right Direction, Singapore Biennale, National Gallery, Singapore (2019); The Shoreline Dilemma, Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto, Canada (2019); On Threads and Frequencies, GIGANTISME, Dunkirk, France (2019); Planetary Planning, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2018); Doublethink: Double vision, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey (2017); Still (the) Barbarians, EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick, Ireland (2016); Saltwater, Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2015); and Armenity, Armenian Pavillion, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2015) among others.

She lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey.

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