An Ordinary Love reunites viewers with the Turkish artist’s 1984 work An Ordinary Love, which was presumed to be lost. Karamustafa presents her 2011 installation titled Shrine Online alongside the fabric collage An Ordinary Love. These two works, produced in different periods and geographies using different materials, propose diverse readings of the transition of the cultural codes the artist has been pursuing for three decades. An Ordinary Love speaks through an aesthetics that has emerged from the migration the village to the city. The wall rugs and kitsch objects that adorned the interior spaces of shantytown houses and the popular color and style trends of the 80s which constituted the basis of the hybrid culture emerging from the rapidly momentous phenomenon of migration from the rural to the urban provided the inspiration for the artist in making these wall rugs. An Ordinary Love, presumed to be lost because it was not returned from Grenoble where it had been sent to be exhibited 25 years ago, had in fact been preserved by an arts patron, upon which the work was retrieved.
Shrine Online explores a similar fracture via mass production and contemporary consumer systems.
Gülsün Karamustafa lives and works in Istanbul.
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