Istanbul Modern presents the most comprehensive exhibition of Şahin Kaygun, the artist who provided the first examples of an interdisciplinary approach in photography.
The gallery is open from November 20, 2014 to February 15, 2015. The self-titled exhibition Şahin Kaygun extends from the artist’s experimental photographic Polaroid works to his cinematic productions as well as to his late works in which he gradually exceeds the boundary between photography and painting. Curated by Sena Çakırkaya, the exhibition includes 89 works produced by Kaygun from 1978 to 1991 and traces the technical and conceptual transformation of the artist’s working practices and photography series.
Kaygun implemented new and astounding applications in relation to photographical techniques by utilizing the boundless opportunities presented by creativity and brought together different disciplines such as painting, graphic arts and cinema under 1980s culture of photography at a time when the concept of interdisciplinary studies was yet to take its place in Turkey’s agenda.
Şahin Kaygun, who lost his life in 1992 at the age of 41, researched the possibilities of the expression of a new and distinct language of art through meticulous working practices. He challenged the boundaries between different techniques through a contemporary interpretation and with his protean, pioneering and creative identity and his incessant concern for surpassing his abilities. Every single work that he created with an innovative outlook constituted a new area of thinking and production in relation to photography.