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Navigating religion, culture, race, and gender, Sarp Kerem Yavuz uses the human form as a physical crossroad and canvas. In 'Okyanus', the Turkish artist projects a blue and white pattern onto a nude torso, a visual nod to the blue and white Iznik pottery common to the Anatolian region. The cobalt hues are also reminiscent of important Turkish architecture, such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Printed on silk, the work's top edge is stitched to allow for a rod, for ease of hanging.
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Sarp Kerem Yavuz (b. 1991) is a multimedia artist working primarily in photography, light projection, and video. His work explores gender, politics, religion, and violence. Focusing on portraiture, Yavuz’s photography examines the emotional closeness related to one’s identity. In 2013, he became the youngest artist to exhibit and be included in the permanent collection of the Istanbul Modern Museum. Yavuz holds a BA in Studio Art with Honors from Oberlin College and MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a recipient of the New Artists Society Award, Palm Springs Photo Festival Emerging Photographer Award. Yavuz currently lives and works between Chicago, Los Angeles, and Istanbul.