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Morphē, Begüm Çelik & Zeynep Erkman, 2022, Photography
Since the understanding of the cosmos cannot be broken free of the anthropocentric approach, the effort put to explain the non-human by human-centered transformations is not unexpected. These transformations have been reflected in the world around us as well as in imaginary landscapes —the construction of hell or heaven including anthropomorphic creatures— via shape-shiftings from animate to inanimate or vice versa, human to plant or animal. Regardless of their gradual process told, the essence of being is preserved within the nature of these metamorphoses; which exposes a duality between continuity and change, and such between body and spirit. Exploring the possible overlap between the animate and inanimate, human and non-human, the link can be identified as Gaia, the ancestral mother of all life, for those who want to pursue a holistic perspective.
The photography series named “Morphē” ponders the triggers of the transformations, and proposes a verisimilar motive; a destined passion. How the passion resonates within the soul that happened to be transformed into the realm of non-humans is embodied by allegorizing the mythological stories. A rediscovery of the perpetuated essence has been attempted through the abstraction of each illustrated metamorphosis myth. Within a performative framework, the concepts of confinement, rootedness, and vivification have been scrutinized.
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