Civan Özkanoğlu, Non-Guilty

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The conflict between nature and artificial landscapes is a notion of the past. This by no means implies that there is a homogenous relationship between men, the surroundings he creates, and nature. Rather, the condition is one of acceptance and embracing. The hybridity of the past has left its place to a blending. Men’s intervention into nature is now recognized as innate. Co-existence, side by sideness, constant interaction have become a means of survival and being. As photography becomes a part of everyday life and as the camera becomes an extension of the body, photographs are no longer representations but rather they become a natural device of recording. Landscapes of all kinds become natural, creation and creativity become one—the so-called records become stand-ins for the very specific relationship between the photographer and the camera. The images thus mirror and signify a state—they cease to exist on their own and it is precisely this lack of independence that make them images of a non-guilty landscape.—Merve Ünsal

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One Response to “Civan Özkanoğlu, Non-Guilty”
  1. Janaina says:

    My friend the justposition of space and emotions always atract my eyes and my interest on your work. Your sensibility on capturing the ordinary life reinforces it’s magical condition. Congratulations! Janaina and Clarice

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