Vera Memories: The Beginning


Beginning A Story

Beginning something is beginning a story, creating a story. It is taking the first steps for a work, an occurrence standing abstractly in your mind. A great deal of designs, ways of thinking, different approaches include agony and sleepless nights. Writing the first sentence is often the most difficult part. It is the moment when the thought “If I start once, the rest will come” reaches saturation, and when the decision “whatever happens” is made among all the positive and negative probabilities. New possibilities bring excitement and anxiety full of uncertainty. It is a naive and determined emotional state where the clothes are hung up and the shoes are prepared at night and when the waiting is over. 

Beginning a story becomes one of the things that brings you into existence with the enthusiasm and abstention of creating something that will touch someone else’s life. Beginning a story is to stand at the beginning of a road and try to guess the end.

Courage requires beginning.

Özlem Tekdemir

“Vera Memories: The Beginning”, organized by Vera Kültür Sanat in cooperation with Güncel Sanat Arşivi, can be seen at Vera Kültür Sanat, Tokat between February 17 and March 21, 2020.


Aslı Işıksal, Ayşe Nur İpek, Burçin Nilay Kalınbayrak, Dice, Engin Esen, Esin Aykanat Avcı, Esma Burcu Havası, Evren Selçuk, Fırat Güner, Gözde Mulla, Hatice Aykanat, Hüseyin Arıcı, Mehtap Morkoç, Özkan Işık, Özlem Tekdemir, Semra Kalınbayrak, Seniha Ünay, Sevda Kal Sözer, Yiğit Türüdü, Zeynep Gürler.

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Aslı Işıksal, Stand By Series 9 and 10, Charcoal on Paper, 23×30 cm, 2016.

Ayşenur İpek, Insignificant Hands, Watercolor on Paper, 30×40 cm, 2015.

Burçin Nilay Kalınbayrak, Analysis of Loneliness Series – Empty III, 54×39 cm, 2011.

Dice, We Cannot Run into Each Other, Ink on Paper, 30×20 cm, 2019.

Engin Esen, Planes of Subconscious, Serigraphy, 17,5×25 cm, 2020.

Esin Aykanat Avcı, Tile Floor For a River, Video, 05’12”, 2017 and Forest Floor, Photography, 30×20 cm, 2017.

Esma Burcu Havası, Diet Plate, Post-Mold Hand-Shaping and Under Glaze Decor Technique, R: 24 cm, 2018.

Evren Selçuk, Standard Profile, Acrylic on Canvas, 25×25 cm, 2019.

Fırat Güner, In & out, Serigraphy, 70×50 cm, 2020.

Gözde Mulla, Between, There, Here, Pencil on Paper, Three Pieces, 25×25 cm, 2017.

Hatice Aykanat, Metaphor Series, Oil on Canvas, 35×25 cm.

Hüseyin Arıcı, Ant, Oil on Modeling Paste, Frame, 25×15 cm 2019.

Mehtap Morkoç, Urban Fragments III, Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 35×50 cm, 2018.

Özkan Işık, Q Objects Series – Untitled, Mirror Fabric Figuration, 65×25 cm, 2018.

Özlem Tekdemir, Untitled, Watercolor and Pen on Paper, 14,8×21 cm, 2019-2020.

Semra Kalınbayrak, Melt-berg, Acrylic on Canvas, 50×70 cm, 2020.

Seniha Ünay, Figures of the Sentence-3, Pencil on Paper, 70×55 cm, 2018.

Sevda Kal Sözer, The Beginning, Pencil and Watercolor on Paper, 50×40 cm, 2020.

Yiğit Türüdü, Life Guard, Digital Copy, 30×20 cm, 2018.

Zeynep Gürler, Man II, Weaving on Jute Fabric, 60×50 cm, 2017.

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Project Manager: Güncel Sanat Arşivi

Exhibition Design & Organization: Güncel Sanat Arşivi & Vera Kültür Sanat

Catalogue Design: Aygün Kalınbayrak Ercan

Translation: Burçin Nilay Kalınbayrak

Editor: Simge Naneci 

Photos & Video: Güncel Sanat Arşivi