Art and charity show - Resurrection des Mannequins by Sertac Tasdelen

On Wednesday, 5th‭ ‬May‭, ‬Portfolio Galley will host an exhibition entitled‭ ‬Resurrection des Mannequins‭ ‬‭ - ‬a photography exhibition that will bridge the gap between the worlds of art and charity‭. ‬

An idea put together by‭ ‬Sertac Tasdelen‭ and curated by Janet Bellotto, ‬Sertac lent‭ ‬his photos from‭ ‬his ‬Résurrection des Mannequins‭ series ‬to‭ artists and supporters of the art and asked them to‭ ‬add their own artistic touch to the photographs‭. The result of this collaboration will be exhbited and on sale, all proceeds will go to charities chosen by the artists.  ‬

Sertac Tasdelen’s‭ ‬Résurrection des Mannequins‭ ‬is‭ ‬influenced by‭ ‬Man Ray who had a series by the same title‭. ‬‭ ‬Man Ray is one of the most influential artists of the 20th‭ ‬century and his photography was often described as‭ ‬“performance art”‭. ‬Tasdelen manages to capture that essence in his‭ ‬latest work using mannequins as props in all his pieces‭.‬‭ ‬

Sertac‭ ‬Tasdelen is‭ ‬inspired by the effect of urbanization on people and‭ ‬our‭ ‬interaction with one‭ ‬another‭. ‬

“City life and‭ ‬rapid growth of urbanization has an impact on people and how we interact with one another‭ ‬–‭ ‬our behavior‭, ‬personality‭, ‬values and relationships‭. ‬Being exposed to elevated complexities of the modern city life creates new‭ ‬social bonds and new attitudes toward others‭, ‬and altering fundamental notions of being and self‭.  ‬

Abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality and existence reveals hallucinations‭, ‬delusions and social dysfunction‭,‬‭ ‬which triggers‭ ‬identity disorders‭ ‬in which a person displays multiple distinct identities and alter egos‭. ‬When‭ ‬the true self knowledge is attained the illusory personas are realized‭, ‬and having recognized a sub personality‭, ‬one suddenly feels naked and defenseless‭, ‬as if his armor had dissolved‭. ‬The personal delusion of self can have no real knowledge of truth‭, ‬because it is not true‭, ‬but delusive‭. ‬That was the thought process that inspired‭ ‬Resurrection des Mannequins‭.‬”

Yours truly is one of the selected artist to take part in this exhibition, alongside the following:

Ahmed and Rashid Bin Shabib
Asmaa Al-Shabibi
Ayse Arman
Bashar Al Shroogi
Binnaz Gundogan
Gita Meh
Lamya Gargash
Lateefa Bint Maktoum
Özant Kamaci
Rami Farook
Sonia Brewin
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi
Thomas Lundgren

I am looking forward to seeing everyone's interpretation on the photos. Hope you can join us on Wednesday.


Exhibition details
Date: 5th May 2010
Location: Portfolio Gallery, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz
Phone: +971 4 323 2395

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