Leica Gallery Istanbul is hosting Arslan Sükan’s solo exhibition “Prelude” between June 8 – August 5, 2017. Sukan is a multi-faceted artist who is trained in interior architecture and photography and has tackled with ideas that question the limitations of human perception, the borders of the physical and the virtual as well as the visible and the invisible. Sükan’s work positions the artist as a challenging narrator who re-creates an idea or a form that confirm viewer expectations at first glance while undercutting them in practice. Sükan created the series presented at Leica Gallery Istanbul as he was working for international magazines such as L’Uomo Vogue (Italy), A Magazine (France), Crash (France), Faces (Switzerland) and Muse Magazine (Italy) between 2004-2008. Sükan captures the tension and the individuality that remain present at back stages before the models enter the catwalk where they lose their individuality becoming actors of consumerism or objects of art. Sükan momentarily steals these figures – who are preparing for other roles – to create his own dialogue and mise-en-scène right before they appear on the actual stage.
Leica Gallery Istanbul: Merkez Mah. Silahşör Cad. Birahane Sok. Tarihi Bomonti Bira Fabrikası No: 1, 34384 Şişli/İstanbul
About Arslan Sükan
Born in 1973 (Ankara, Turkey), Sukan’s work have been exhibited at the Maison des Metallos (Paris, France, 2009), NYPH New Visionaries Tobacco Factory (New York, USA, 2009), Batagianni Gallery (Athens, Greece, 2011), Kappatos Gallery (Athens, Greece, 2012), Ara Art Center (Seoul, South Korea, 2012), Maxxi Museum (Rome, Italy, 2013), Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art (Istanbul, Turkey, 2013), Museum Haus Konstruktiv (Zurich, Switzerland, 2013), La Triennale Di Milano (Italy, 2014), Five Eleven (NYC, USA, 2015), Hotel Des Arts (Toulon, France, 2016), Istanbul Modern Museum (Turkey, 2017) as well as art fairs such as Art Basel (Switzerland, 2011), FIAC (Paris, France, 2011) Art Hong Kong 2012 and 2013. Sükan lives and works in New York and Istanbul.