Nilüfer Yıldırım drew her latest series “Roots” at one of the walls of Sanayi 313 on a Sunday when we saw four seasons at the same time. A big structural framework was constructed before the artist started painting. 10 hour long process was filmed by İdil Ergün and Elvan Otgen, which turned into a short movie. We chatted with Nilüfer Yıldırım about that day… read more
Nilüfer Yıldırım drew her latest series “Roots” at one of the walls of Sanayi 313 on a Sunday when we saw four seasons at the same time. A big structural framework was constructed before the artist started painting. 10 hour long process was filmed by İdil Ergün and Elvan Otgen, which turned into a short movie. We chatted with Nilüfer Yıldırım about that day…
What were your feelings when you first came to Sanayi 313?
The first time I came here was to talk about the project, I was trying to set things right in my mind. I realized that though Sanayi 313 was new and hip, the place made me feel comfortable and I truly understood the feelings behind this creation. That feeling was close to me, so everything was well and natural.
We made a suggestion to you, painting one of the walls of Sanayi 313. You said ‘yes’ without hesitation. What made you decide so quickly?
Sanayi 313 met my expectations the moment I stepped inside. Making something that has never been done before in a place that also made something that hasn’t been done before, stepping outside the routine of everyday life and expressing myself in an environment that is open to public was the ideal scenario for me.
New and different always put me in action. Situations in which I don’t now what to expect, always turn into games, adventures that give me inspiration.
Then you drew your own “Roots” at this wall. What can you tell us about your “Roots” series? How do you think are the two; “Roots” and Sanayi 313, connected?
“Roots” examine people’s connection to their origins, the memories and links coming from their pasts and the concepts of being attached or dependent to and isolated from the societies people live in. “When we think we are isolated from the society the most, we still have our connection. Actually we can never be isolated totally.” This was the philosophy behind “Roots”. Sanayi 313 is in the middle of Atatürk Oto Sanayi. Even though it belongs to this area, Sanayi 313 manages to create a world isolated from its neighborhood. In this sense, it was a great place to exhibit “Roots”.
What was different about the paints you used on the wall?
Since I didn’t work at such a surface before, the technique and materials I used were experimental. I painted with trial and error method by using many different kinds of colorings at a surface painted with metallic paint. I used water based and oil paints along with colorings special to metallic surface.
How would you describe that Sunday you made this painting?
It was a day we saw four seasons at the same time with many different feelings in the air. Even the audience worked with maximum effort. The most pleasurable aspect of working within a big group is seeing the reflection of interactions in the artwork created. The painting took approximately 10 hours. While I was working, İdil Ergün was filming the process with Elvan Otgen’s art direction.
I remember your happiness when you looked at the final painting. I would like to hear that moment from you…
Whatever you do, if you complete it with satisfaction, it is an unbelievable feeling of pleasure.
Now, people you don’t know are eating while looking at your painting; maybe they are lost in it or feel something totally new. What do you feel about this?
As if I am always there. It’s like the connection you feel to the place where you made a great effort. People create art for many different reasons, to come to people’s attention, to create consciousness, to be in the moment, to reflect a feeling… In this sense, to meet with a limitless audience, to be able to touch someone without being there is great. But at the end, to be satisfied with the artwork I created is the most important thing to me.
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TAGS: NİLÜFER YILDIRIM, İDİL ERGÜN, ART, MOVIE, PERFORMANCE