17 July – 14 September 2008
Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria salzburger-kunstverein.at
Lectures Find out more about the artist's lectures in
the series „The
International Summer Academy of Fine Arts www.summeracademy.at
Fashion & Females in Art
"The City and the Secret Panther Fashion" by Gülsün Karamustafa (2007; duration 13 min. 6 sec.)
The „Grand Dame”
of Turkish contemporary
art Gülsün Karamustafa (born 1946 in Ankara, lives and works in Istanbul) presents her newest projects with focus on the theme kitsch and Turkish pop culture, especially fashion, at the Salzburg Kunstverein; this is the artist’s first comprehensive single
You can see two great works of the artist:
>In the Cabinet of the Salzburger Kunstverein
Gülsün Karamustafa's three part video installation entitled “Tailor Made” shows an amateur fashion show in Istanbul.
>In the Main Hall, Karamustafa's video-installation “The City and the Secret Panther Fashion” offers a look inside a secretly blooming Panther Fashion in Istanbul ... Additional photographies, video stills, and a wardrobe invite you to join in the scenery.
"...brings forth the arguments about the outlooks, especially the crucial debates about the ‘women’s body’, whether it should be covered or not or the other ethic problems related to it, on my side of the world. It is a ‘tragicomic fiction’ about lives of women who are pushed to live a secret life from 9 to 5, a limited days time that they can spare for themselves. On the other hand side the viewer is free to interpret the film in every aspect that ‘Panther Fashion’ may associate." Gülsün Karamustafa
The story is about the meeting of 3 women who wish to join the “secret panther fashion”-movement, which spreads quickly through the city. As their intentions are a bit illegal, they are anxious that somebody may spy on them while walking to the house where they can taste the joy of wearing freely the “Panther Design” dresses and spend a time of their own away from all dangers.
Only those who know the secret codes are allowed to enter the house which is decorated entirely in “Panther Fashion”, can enjoy the outfits and spend a friendly and fantastic time.
"In the house waits Panterella, the fearless housekeeper and her college who would offer them their endless freedom with wearing what they want. At the end of the day they leave the house in secret, again with the fear of being caught and return to their colourless lives." Gülsün Karamustafa
fig.: Gülsün Karamustafa, The City and the Secret Panther Fashion, 2007, Fotografie, Photos: (c) Serra Gültürk