Bernhard Bischoff & Partner / present


Soloshow Ferhat Özgür

'women in love', 2013, 13’20’’


LOOP Barcelona


Ferhat Özgür is a poetic chronicler of his surroundings and one of the most
fascinating contemporary Turkish artists. Most of his incredible works
emerge from the historically important melting pot of his home country,
where different cultures and religions converge. He is a master of subtle
nuances and of complex searches for clues. Furthermore, he is skilled at
humorously and profoundly positioning his works in between the tensions of
tradition and modern times: some are spontaneous observations, some
cinematically composed pieces.

His work shown in Barcelona, Women in Love, belongs to the first category.
Three grown and experienced Turkish women talk about their deceased husbands
in front of the camera. They also recount intimate details of their
sexuality, talk about alcohol abuse or domestic violence. Even though the
women don’t seem to remember any happy moments, the “main character” is –
despite all the sufferings - still madly in love with her husband. She is
collecting keepsakes and memorabilia of him – and even dedicates a little
dance performance to her late husband. The well-positioned steps orchestrate
the conversation and enable a direct, almost voyeuristic but still tender
access to a Turkish living room. Once again, Ferhat Özgür manages to
register the big topic of death and love in a video essay. With Women in
Love he creates an ambivalent metaphor of reality and idealization.

Ferhat Özgür is represented by Bernhard Bischoff & Partner, Bern,
Switzerland /// Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey