4 collages on paper, dimensions variable
First presented in the solo exhibition [in]visible territories, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, 8 October – 14 November 2015
Curated by Dr Kostas Prapoglou
The Blue Line is part of a trilogy of works (which includes The Red Line & The Black Line) produced out of the same pool of images as A Small Guide to the Invisible Seas, sourced from Greek, Turkish and Soviet Armenian tourist catalogues, from the 60s to the 80s. Instead of weaving together the diverse found material in an invisible new topography, the trilogy questions the construction of national identities by exploring specific recurrent symbols associated with each of the nation states. Where A Small Guide to the Invisible Seas unearthed new topographies through gaps and layering of images, the new works abstract, they take over through lines and colours what has already been constructed. Referencing both the censorship line and the visual language of constructivism, the insertion of the line is also a humorous dismantling gesture.
Based on images of archways and bridges, The Blue Line moves through them as if conquering space. Referencing the outline of Bosporus that defines the cityscape of Istanbul, The Blue Line is also a lament for the suppression of minorities in the city, which marked the establishment of the Turkish nation state.