FROM THE 5TH MARDIN BIENNIAL ARTISTS SİBEL HORADA

Born in 1980, Sibel Horada lives and works in Istanbul. After completing her BA in Visual Arts Department in Brown University, USA in 2003, she pursued her MA in Faculty of Art and Design in Yıdız Technical University.Her work focuses on collective and personal histories with an interest in urban, archaeological and ecological cultures. She investigates the memories of erasure with stories that weave together strange, coincidental details. For Horada, memory is not only the act of recollection, but also a process of reproduction and transformation. Using text and forms, she materializes her encounters in poetic sculptures and installations.Horada’s works have been shown in many institutions in Turkey and Europe, including MAC museum Vienna, Depo Istanbul, Ludwigsburg Kunstverein, Hannover Kunstverein and Matadero Madrid.
Portrait credit: Yusuf Coşkun
Photos 2-3 | photo credit: Kahyan Kaygusuz; courtesy of Versus Art Project and the artist
Photo 4 | photo credit: İzel Levi Coşkun

SİBEL HORADA

TURKEY

Shaped by Water, 2022. Mixed media installation, variable dimensions.

Shaped by Water is composed of styrofoam pieces salvaged from desolate beaches and caves along the Marmara and Black Sea coasts, accessed by a rowboat. Their size, density, colours, and physical condition yield vital clues about their journey, from production to discard. For instance their colours and thickness are revealing of their lineages as construction material, shipping crates used in the fishing industry, or as food packaging, just as the pockmarks on their surface suggest futile depredations by seagulls. Greeting their obsolete buoyancy with a child’s sense of wonder, is the artist’s way of practicing what the American philosopher Donna Haraway calls ‘living with the trouble’ and of generating an economy of waste. In a post-modernist move, the work expands its authorship through an ostension of extra-artistic agencies, from the cascading forces of water, to the metal oxides found in certain rocks that impart specific colours to the styrofoam, to the corrosive effects of bird droppings.