FROM THE 5TH MARDIN BIENNIAL ARTISTS FATOŞ İRWEN

Born and raised in Suriçi Diyarbakır, Fatoş İrwen (@fatosirwen_art) is a graduate of Dicle University Fine Arts Education and is producing in Istanbul and Diyarakır. Her work deals with gender, body politics, justice, ecology, religion, power and domination as well as their psychological effects. She reinterprets the relationship between body and space through her primarily performative works but also through painting, video art, photography and installation.

FATOŞ İRWEN

TURKEY

Safety Net (Safety Net for Women), 2017-2020.
Installation with hair, variable dimensions.

Shot, 2017- 2020.
Installation with hair, variable dimensions.


Safety Net (Safety Net for Women) was created over a three year period of the Kurdish artist’s stay in Diyarbakır political prison where İrwen collected hair from her female friends and braided them into ropes. The ropes were then woven into a net that was used for casting a safety girdle anchored in feminist crafting techniques, gynosociality, ecosophy and resilience. Shot was similarly crafted from the hair of imprisoned women during the hunger strike that started in Diyarbakır Prison and spread to prisons all across Turkey. Both these works transform parts of the body through collective effort, into a symbolic shield against oppression.