Cihan Cakmak & Lydia Henkel
curated by: Sarah Jürgel & Josef PandaVenue:
Galerie Stephanie Kelly
Neustädter Markt 9
Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen
Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz der Landeshauptstadt Dresden
Cihan Cakmak’s portraits are sensitive and powerful, in which the artist herself often emerges as the protagonist. In her substantial works, she deals with themes of identity, vulnerability, oppression and self-empowerment. Faces, delicate clothing, a knowing glance and hands in the play of light can be seen and felt in them. Her paintings and installations deal with longings and memories and resonate with the processing between dream and trauma. Lydia Henkel’s ceramic works also have a poetic quality and get under the skin. The sculptress shows a lot of sensitivity in dealing with materiality: her atmospheric pieces gently form organic and amorphous, even abstract entities. Henkel’s interest is in the corpus and its spatial boundaries. In her works the human being appears shadowy, somehow anonymous and at the same time in a collective sense.
In the exhibition SKIN MEMORY we bring the sequences of both artists together in the spectrum of past, cultural memory and sensuality. The cooperation goes through processes of intimacy and alienation, while the narrative of poetry encourages deeper reflection.
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