GYES | #PostUtopia

#Video Art
THU-SUN / 12:00-13:50
2nd Floor

In Greek mythology, during the chaotic times of the first godly beings before the cosmos was formed, Gyes was one of the three sons of Gaia and Uranus who had one hundred arms and fifty heads. The first of this video art trilogy which represents the three giant names of mythology – Gyes (terror) Kottos (anger), Brianos (strength) – is Gyes; present in the world on a major scale, and represented in Turkey, especially in Istanbul as a futuristic image through the horrific point urban transformation, changing living spheres and unjust living conditions have reached.

Today, Istanbul has become a giant construction site where the terrifying reflections of the applied urban politics can be seen through the disappearance of ethnic identities, and the gap in the living conditions of individuals.  These terrifying images of the new living spaces are part of the utopic world aimed to be created through the process of modernization, turning into the fantastic dystopic hero Gyes, which has the scary potential to take over the world in the future.


Duration: 3’11”

Duygu Nazlı Akova (TR)

Duygu Nazlı Akova is an artist and researcher based in Istanbul. She earned her master degree from Marmara University, Institute of Fine Arts, with a thesis entitled “Reality of War Photography”.  She is currently working on her Ph.D. thesis at Yıldız Technical University, Department of Art and Design. She is working as a teaching assistant at Istanbul Kültür University, Department of Communication Design and still studying on her individual works as well.

As an artist, her work aims to create a dialogue rooted in critical discourse focused on political authority and social issues, through the use of photography, video and installation. By using the experimental language that puts viewer perception and the plurality of these media in the center, she examines issues such as human rights, freedom, social inequality, consumerism, urban life, immigration, urban renewal, media and justice. Her works had been selected for lots of important national and international exhibitions and festivals such as Young Fresh Different-V (Gallery Zilberman, 2014), Siemens Art / Borders and Orbits 15-16 (DEPO, 2014), 5th Odessa Biennale, VIVA (Malta, 2015), ISEA2016 (Hong Kong), ISEA2017 (Colombia), Les Rencontres Traverse Vidéo, Punto y Raya Festival in ZKM, MADATAC (Madrid, 2015-2016-2017) and IVAHM. She had also been granted several awards including success award given by Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture in 2016.