Vasiyetimdir: Seza Paker

Seza Paker, The Last European, 1996-2010
Triptych of photographs.

Translation of the French text in the photographs:
“Take advantage, I’m still single.”

Seza Paker is an artist with a conceptual practice. Manifesting a commitment to openness as an aesthetic and philosophical position, Paker employs a wide variety of expressive forms including installation, photography, film, sound, collage, and drawing, among others. Her works and exhibitions can be considered as collections of intertwining threads of thoughts and lines of inquiries and proposals, articulated as images, sounds and sensations structured through techniques of metaphor, association, juxtaposition, and suggestion—all cultivating and sustaining an ambiguous relationship between form and content. She lives and works in Istanbul and Paris.

Vasiyetimdir* is a publication project that aims to explore how art works will subsist over long periods of time. Art works live in artist studios, private collections, museums, storage spaces, or simply in memories. But how far do the artists want to control what happens to their works when they are no longer? How do they want to exert their control? We directed these questions to the artists we are in dialogue with. We are accumulating their answers through

*Vasiyetimdir is a Turkish phrase that can roughly be translated into English as “It is my will that…” The phrase holds a tint of the melodramatic, mixed with a sentimental flair.

Vasiyetimdir was conceived by Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Özge Ersoy, and Merve Ünsal.