Wheel of Union, 2017, by Özlem Altin.
Ink on c-print, 91,5 x 91,2 cm.

Artist Talk: Özlem Altin

In an ever-changing and fluctuating work process, Altin deals with the representation of the human body in states of exhaustion, passivity and dissolving subjectivity.

Özlem Altin draws from a vast collection of found imagery, replicas and prints originating from books, magazines or the Internet, and contextualizes them into dense collages and complex installations, considering the ways abstract ideas can be communicated through the body, touch and memory. Abolishing any hierarchies within the source material and juxtaposing it with her own distinct paintings and photographs, she develops a highly associative visual semantic that discloses inner states and external restraints of the human existence.

Özlem Altin (b. 1977 in Goch, Germany) studied at the Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten in Arnhem and at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and now lives and works in Berlin. Most recently she participated in the 10. Berlin Biennale, and the 4th Mardin Biennale, Beyond Words, in Mardin, Turkey. Solo exhibitions include Processing, Camera Austria, Graz (2017, Untitled (touch or melancholy), Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz (2016), Kiria Koula, San Francisco (2015), No Story, no, at Witte de With in Rotterdam (2015), Cathartic ballet, Circus, Berlin (2013), and Rhythm of Resemblance at the Leopold–Hoesch–Museum in Düren (2012). Furthermore she is founding publisher of Orient Press Berlin.