Place as Flux: Depictions of Place and Movement in Eastern Turkish Contemporary Art
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AbstractThis thesis analyzes contemporary Turkish art with a fresh method that is based upon concepts of geography and locality, as outlined in Doreen Massey’s essay "A Global Sense of Place", rather than socioeconomic, cultural, or ethnic identity. By examining three artists with positions in three different spheres of geographic scope (Fikret Atay, Halil Altındere, and Ahmet Öğüt), it pinpoints depictions of movement and space in some of the artists’ major works and induces each one’s general conception of a sense of place. These conceptions are meaningful for the achievement of a well-considered, intricate view of the globe as a network of interactions between places, and the ways in which these interactions enact constant shifts and modifications in those places. Globalization and other postmodern forms of cultural interspersal are shown to be not just homogenizing forces, but also opportunities for places to become differentiated. This self-particularization of place can take as its primary point of departure an acknowledgement of its fluid, immaterial nature.
Degree ProgramHonors College