About the Exhibition

Rampa is pleased to present its third solo exhibition of Selma Gürbüz’s works from March 2 – April 8, 2017. Gurbuz is an anomaly amongst her contemporaries. Her style and subject matter is singular and in her new body of works she continues and expands on her aesthetic prowess. The exhibition, “Carnivalesque,” includes never before seen three-dimensional work, painting, work on paper, and kinetic sculpture.

Gürbüz’s works have often tended toward the historical, fantastical, and mythological — a tendency typical to Carnival, as well. Historically, Carnival was a celebration that occurs in late February or early March, better known as Mardi Gras or The Feast of Fools. The festival still famously exists today in cities like Venice and Rio de Janiero. It is a jubilant, ecstatic and excessive gathering held in preparation for Lent, a 40-day period of chastity, frugality and fasting. The celebration is marked by masks, theatre, performance, and is a jovial and sometimes sinister public revolution against all that is stabilizing or socially acceptable. Carnivalesque is therefore a freedom characterized by a communal and ritualistic defying of norms. It is war and peace, young and old, rich and poor, past and present, Heaven and Hell, male and female, all at once.

While Gürbüz maintains her stylized aesthetic, in this exhibition she gives the figures and characters in her works a new agency. They speak, they fight, they dance, and some literally move off of the canvas, as in her three-dimensional paintings. The figures depicted, historical or imagined, animist or human, all have a sense of pride, marked by a defiant liveliness. Put together, the works reflect the shadowy, anarchic, and freeing dualities that define the Carnivalesque.

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About the Artist

Selma Gürbüz (1960) was born in İstanbul, Turkey. After having studied at Exeter College of Art Design between 1980-1982, she graduated from Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty in 1984.

Her recent solo exhibitions include “Carnivalesque”, Rampa, Istanbul (2017); “Intemporel”, Galeri Nev, Ankara (2016); “Daydream”, Rampa, Istanbul (2014); “Long Night. Faraway Voyages.”, Rampa, Istanbul (2013); “Mind’s Eye”, Lawrie Sahbibi Gallery, Dubai (2011); “Shadows of Myself”, Rose Issa Projects at Leighton House Museum, London (2011); “Archetypes”, Warehouse (Antrepo) No: 3, İstanbul (2010), “Sunny Shadows”, Gallery Apel, İstanbul (2008) and Makii Masaru Fine Arts, Tokyo (2007); “Feline I”, Galerie Maeght, Paris (2006); “Feline II”, Gallery Apel, İstanbul (2006); “The Fairy and the Genie”, Gallery Apel, İstanbul (2004), “Yünname”, Gallery Apel, İstanbul (2000) and “Karaname”, Gallery Apel, İstanbul (1999).

Gürbüz has also participated in many national and international group exhibitions including “Small Faces, Large Sizes”, Proje 4L Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul (2015); “Another Time, Another Place”, Rose Issa Projects, London (2013); “Artists in Their Time” (2015-2016), “Dream and Reality” (2011), “From Traditional to Contemporary” (2010), “New Works, New Horizons” (2009) and “Modern Experiences” (2008), İstanbul Modern, İstanbul; “Cara a Cara” (travelling show), with Marco Del Re, Galerie Maeght, Paris and Barcelona (2003); “Fantaisies du Harem et les Nouvelles Shéhérazades” (travelling show), Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona and Museum of Natural History, Lyon (2003); “Le Cirque” (travelling show), Gérard-Georges Lemaire, Editions Eric Koehler, Athenee-Theatre Louis Jouvet, Paris, Espace Mira Phalaina, Montreuil and Novomestka Radnice, Prague (1996). Her other projects include “Shadow theatre design for ‘More Wind’”, Portside Gallery, Yokohama (2005) and “Futurist Stage Curtain Design”, Revues Parlées, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1996).“Automatic Games”, Kwangju Biennale, Korea (1995) and “L’Orient des Cafés” (travelling show), French Cultural Centre, Cairo, Alexandria, Athens, Thessaloniki, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv (1992).

Selma Gürbüz lives and works in İstanbul, Turkey.

Press & News
March, 2017
Esra Aliçavuşoğlu’s interview with Selma Gürbüz on her new solo exhibition at Rampa, published on Hürriyet Kitap/Sanat (tr) (Pdf ~ 543 KB)
November, 2016
Melike Canatan’s interview with Selma Gürbüz is at Istanbul Art News, November 2016 issue (tr) (Pdf ~ 607 KB)
July, 2016
Elvin Vural’s interview with Leyla Tara Suyabatmaz and Esra Sarıgedik Öktem on Rampa is at Istanbul Art News July 2016 issue (Pdf ~ 2 MB)
March, 2016
October, 2014
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January, 2013
Doğan Hızlan, “Selma Gürbüz’s Call for Beyond”, Hürriyet (Turkish) (Pdf ~ 98 KB)
January, 2013
Erman Ata Uncu, “Maybe I’m Looking at the West as an Easterner”, Interview with Selma Gürbüz, Radikal (Turkish) (Pdf ~ 480 KB)
January, 2013
Nazlı Pektaş, “Contemporary of both the past and the present”, Cumhuriyet (Turkish) (Pdf ~ 249 KB)
January, 2013
Another World, Interview with Selma Gürbüz by Merve Arkunlar, TimeOut Istanbul (TR) (Pdf ~ 351 KB)
January, 2012
G.G. Lemaire, “Selma Gürbüz”, Kapris (Turkish) (Pdf ~ 3 MB)
November, 2011
Sulaf Zakharia, “Selma Gurbuz: Mind’s Eye”, L’Agenda (Pdf ~ 6 MB)
July, 2011
Ayla Jean Yackley, “The Innocence of Knowing”, Canvas Magazine (Pdf ~ 1 MB)
January, 1995
Sezer Tansuğ, “Different Figurative Voyages”, Gösteri (Turkish) (Pdf ~ 157 KB)
May, 1993
Onat Kutlar, “A Poem of Ten Stanzas”, Cumhuriyet (Turkish) (Pdf ~ 195 KB)
April, 1992
Lise Ott, “Erotism and Soft Mystery”, Midi Libre (french) (Pdf ~ 224 KB)
January, 1992
Sezer Tansuğ, “Tropic of Snake”, Gösteri (Turkish) (Pdf ~ 2 MB)
November, 1991
Emre Zeytinoğlu, “Paintings that Tell Stories”, Cumhuriyet (Turkish) (Pdf ~ 237 KB)
March, 1991
“The Fifth Year of TEM SANAT GALERISI”, Sanat Çevresi (Pdf ~ 202 KB)
December, 1989
Necmi Sönmez, “Footsteps of a Sculptor”, Antik Dekor (Turkish) (Pdf ~ 229 KB)
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