Three quick questions: Seçil Yaylali from gallery Pasaj, Istanbul.
Today we’re talking to Seçil Yaylali who’s exhibiting with gallery Pasaj from Istanbul at Supermarket 2015. Her piece ‘‘Love to Love’’ was chosen as this year's cover image for Supermarket Art Magazine!
Hi Secil! Who are you?
I’m a visual artist based in Istanbul. My art practice is mainly on participatory art projects. I have done projects in different countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, Italy, Spain, Germany, Palestine. I think life is more meaningful when you share with other people even the process of creating. Instead of a huge artist ego, exchange brings you a bigger satisfaction.
Could you tell us a little bit about your piece ”Love to Love”?
“Love to Love” is an artwork inspired by the pieces of skin of molasses layers produced in Anatolia. They are eatable and delicious. They are cut in the shape of a Hittiten alphabet letter which means “love, to love”. This product has been produced in the same land of the Hittites (in the middle of modern Turkey) and is still on the markets. I produced many pieces during several participatory events and workshops, then I asked participants to send by post their piece to someone they love around the world. So this sweet creates a communication between people and also past and today.
In the last step, I produced some light-boxes with a particular resin that hold the molasses down.
What do you look forward to the most at Supermarket?
First of all, I’m looking forward to see the whole supermarket exhibition. Such a fair sounds very human and alternative, I really liked the whole concept. Then I will be happy if I can meet some artists that we can do productive collaboration. In Turkey we have lack of funds for arts and culture therefore it creates a limited vision, we need to look further to widen our horizons. On the other hand Istanbul is one of the most requested destination with its unique atmosphere, structure, geography and life. I’m really curious and excited to be part of supermarket.
Click here for more of Seçil’s work.