Aret Gıcır While Waiting for Life
Taking its cue from a suicide bombing, Waiting for Life pursues the hidden ambiguities in the continuous and seemingly fixed movement between life and death.
The suicide bomb exploded meters away from Gicir’s studio. The artist’s unwitting witnessing of the unfolding lethal tragedy is juxtaposed against the footage of the explosion he has subsequently combed through as his visual archive. Gicir traces in his own imagination the footprints of the terrifying ball of fire and the cloud of dust that enveloped the scene. He embarks on a purely visual investigation of existence, perception and temporality as refracted through the lens of coincidence, anxiety and hope. At the same time as Gicir’s paintings enact a paradoxical reversal of the cataclysmic scene by conjuring vitality and brightness, the faceless portraits that accompany these paintings implicte those culpable in the certain of such an apocalyptic atmosphere.