Beldan Sezen Figurative Painting - WETROCITIES
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Beldan Sezen
WETROCITIES

2018

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WETROCITIES Beldan Sezen Publication Date: 2018 Artwork type: Editioned book Medium: monoprint, hand painting, ink Newspaper painted in white printers ink, ink transferred onto page with onion skin, includes hand drawn elements and handwriting. Dimensions: 16.0 in W x 23.0 in H x 0.79 in D Binding Type: pamphlet Edition Size: 11 Description WETROCITIES is about collective memory and love. About daring. Maybe. Maybe about daring. It's about love and dare. They meet in the halls of collective memory.   I meet people. They tell me their stories. Mostly elders who no longer care if and how their stories will be judged. It seems more important to talk about happenings that for too long were shushed away, met with disbelieve or indifference or tabooed.   Being “White” is a social construct. How does this happen? What are the consequences of living such a construct. The demands of loyalty for “we”? And the price for our collective memory?    I think it needs courage and the willingness to listen without fearing the loss of ones identity to overcome superficial encounters and stop those numbing efforts of indifference. Statement In my practice I'm inventing new ideas, scenarios and concepts while investigating the role of paper as well as the role of space and narrative. I'm curious about how to create spaces in which the concept of reading can become a new collective experience.   My work – rooted in the complex ideas of identity, gender, sexuality, conflict and physical ability - transcends the pages I labor over. My most recent work visualizes and confronts my own limits in situations around pain and paralyzed bodies, the price of freedom in the context of current social unrest, terrorist attacks and jingoism, bully politics and collective memory. While I approach each topic through my own experiences, the message and relatable stories hold truth for every reader. Being an artist allows me to leave the limits of journalism behind and add the unsaid. Allowing my ideas to grow I take nothing for granted – my work is a thoughtful protest to aspects of the human experience that are often buried and pushed aside. I render the insignificant, significant.  Bio: Beldan Sezen loves pushing new boundaries and continues to investigate diverse reading experiences through the books she creates. Her graphic memoir, Snapshots of a Girl, was selected for the American Library Association's 2016 Over the Rainbow List of LGBT Books for Adult Readers. Her handmade books have been acquired by various national and international institutions, including the NYPL and the Library of Congress. She lives in Brooklyn where she enjoys creating stories, her turntable and her morning coffee. For her life is precious.

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  • Dimensions
    H 23 in. x W 16 in. x D 1 in.H 58.42 cm x W 40.64 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU62735112681
  • More Editions & Sizes
    Edition of 11Price: $5,500
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