This question will be answered below, by examining the work of Turkish photographer Yusuf Murat Şen through his series of photographs entitled “Wet City”, exhibited in the Thessaloniki Photobiennale 2018. The artist photographs Istanbul as a city in progress, an enormous construction site in building growth, presenting the image of a city in which the past has vanished before a permanent present and future. Black and white images on plates with apparent processing marks (the path of the ﬂuids is visible on many spots), perhaps in an attempt to make them resemble material culture objects - carriers of memory, found during an excavation or in an old archive; such is the ﬁnal outcome of the majority of his works. At the same time, through the antithesis between image and material (quick construction development/slow photographic procedure), there is projected a gloomy, depressive reality, but also a city that has already started to sink. Lastly, this very choice of an historical procedure may come across as odd, but it surely comes as a reaction to an ever so visible work of art that has neither materiality nor any tangible features, a reaction that draws on characteristics and practices of the past in order to cope with an ever changing and unfathomable everyday life.
96 Tsimiski st, 54622 Thessaloníki
Duration: 27/09 – 25/10/2018
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 11:00-14:00 & 17:00- 20:00, Saturday 11:00-14:00
Opening: 27/09/2018, 19:00