Gallery Heerz Tooya presents the exhibition, titled Not in Sight, by visual artists Beatrice Alexanian and Aia Sofia Coverley Turan. This is the first time they exhibit together as a duo. The exhibition contains new works made during their stay at the Artist Residency ARV.International in Vishovgrad, Bulgaria.
The exhibition engages with information from lived life and history while belonging to that which may not necessarily have a language but exists in its absence. With emotions of immobility and material conditions of its potential contrary, Alexanian and Coverley Turan invite us to an exhibition of belonging and the complex breath of navigation. The notion of having something to hold on to, be it identity or an ideology, and then having the feeling of losing it, is potentially a reverse of fortune while facing an eternal abyss of what is presented as a warm hug.
There is a rhythm, quivering storylines of the material, kneading intact with what is present, lurking as an absence. I'm challenged by my conclusions of what I thought the seige of sculpture is. It is not the panacea, eerie clues, tickling your body insistingly. - Lars Nordby
Beatrice Alexanian works with installation and sculpture exploring the abstractions from surroundings, both physically and in thought. She uses a variety of mediums and approaches in her practice to explore themes as silenced narratives and representations concerning structures within the origin, both known and unknown, within personal, historical, and contemporary frames. It leaves her works in a social space between reminding of something and being something. Beatrice Alexanian (1991, DK) graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo and the Athens School of Fine Art. Among previous exhibitions are: Sharp Projects in Copenhagen (DK), Toplocentrala in Sofia (BG), Kunsthall Oslo (NO), Podium Oslo (NO), Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo (NO), Galleri Tom Christoffersen in Copenhagen (DK), Goethe Institute in Ramallah (PS), Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (DE), The Italian Embassy, Athens (GR). She has done commissioned work for Nivå Municipality and Høje-Taastrup Municipality and she is currently teaching sculpture at Kulturskolerne in Taastrupgaard (DK).
Aia Sofia Coverley Turan’s works picture everyday elements, abstract emotions, and ambivalences connected with origins and memory – individual as well as collective. She is interested in how cultural lore, language, and narratives shape a person. She works intuitively and personally with sculpture and drawing. Here, she searches for ways of non-verbal communication, through retellings about social events, childhood games, and lost or forgotten cultures and history, that can seem so distant yet present.
Aia Sofia Coverley Turan (1994, DK) graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Arts in 2019. She has studied at Accademia di Belle Arti Perugia (IT) and taught sculpture workshops at Krabbesholm Højskole (DK) and The Jutland Art Academy (DK) a.o. Currently, she is teaching kids sculpture at Kulturskolerne in Taastrupgaard (DK). She has exhibited her works at, Galleri Tom Christoffersen (DK), Den Frie Udstilling (DK), Simian (DK), Four Boxes (DK), Arcway Nightlands Connector(DK), and KØS Museum of Art in public space (DK), among others. Her works are part of The Danish Art Foundation and Copenhagen Municipal’s collections, furthermore, she has done commissioned work for DI - Danish Industry.
The exhibition is supported by Tequila Bar Fnky Mnky, the Danish Arts Foundation, and the "Program for the Restoration and Development of Private Cultural Organizations" of the National Fund for Culture, Bulgaria.
Изложбата е финансирана по "Програма за възстановяване и развитие на частни културни организации" на Национален Фонд Култура.