Nergiz Yeşil’s project titled “Other Possibilities” is on view at Pg Basement between 27 April and 23 May, 2019. It consists of an installation inspired by the process of kombucha culture and a book prepared by the artist herself.
The installation belongs to the artist’s new series “The Same Root Different Species ‘Other Possible Normals’” offers a critique of both the relativism of historiography premise of a cumulative structure, and of epistemology as well, through the development of an alternative mental reality.
This critical approach is crystallized in the exhibition not only in the new species created with organic materials from a speculative-fictional perspective, but also in the book offering knowledge on the so-called species. The presentation format of the book's content renders the knowledge on the species accessible physically while it also gives rise to mentally unattainable situations. As a result, the audience is simultaneously both limited and set free by their imagination, on the features of this allegedly new species.
For the installation, in order to simulates the birth of the speculative-fictional species, Yeşil fermented in her studio a biological material with strong resemblance to “victimless leather”, an element taken over from the process of a kombucha culture.
Nergiz Yeşil (b. 1988, İstanbul) graduated in 2014 from the Department of Sculpture at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Fine Arts Faculty. At present she pursues doctoral studies at the same department. As part of Erasmus student exchange program, she studied in Belgium in 2018, at the department of sculpture in Artesis Plantijn Hogeshool Antwerpen -The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. She has taken part in various several group exhibitions in Europe and Turkey. She lives and works in İstanbul.