NAZIF TOPÇUOĞLU at Flatland FVS / Amsterdam

UNTIL 15 MAR 2020

The underlying thread in Topçuoglu’s work is a constant preoccupation with time, memory and loss. The Turkish artist worries about the transience of people and things in general, and tries to reconstruct unclear and imperfect images of an idealized past. Such an attempt inevitably requires theability to recapture past, hence his constantart-historical references to classic paintings and photographs as well as to authors suchas Proust and Thomas Mann.

Nazif Topçuoglu, Gossip (2007) C-print 124 x 124 cm, 53 x 53 cm

Another aspect in his work is his preoccupation with the contradicting positions of women in Turkey. When employing the representations of youth as imagery, one has to deal with the issues of gender roles and male gaze. In these photographs, a respectful stance towards the female has been taken. The subjectification of the female youth as a gender-free ideal, inevitably involves her intelligence, beauty, energy, and struggle.

Nazif Topçuoglu, Lamentations (2007) C-print 114 x 172 cm, 60 x 90 cm

Nazif Topçuoglu has completed two Masters degrees, in Photography (the Institute of Design, Chicago ) and in Architecture (MEU, Ankara). Exhibited widely and held teaching positions at various universities in Turkey. He writes regularly on the history and criticism of photography, and has published three books on the subject. Occasionally does advertising and editorial work.

Nazif Topçuoglu, Waiting (2007) C-print 70 x 50 cm, 125 x 90 cm