Cihad Caner

Copyright 2017

Abstract Violence

HD 11'10", Color, Polyester Resin, Print on Plexiglass

The images of war and migration are mainly based on the images that are being circulated in mainstream and social media. Although, these violent and manipulative images form an important element of public opinion concerning the migration flux and war, they are definitely not direct representations of reality. We are living within the time of image culture, our sense of reality is post-produced and it produces itself from images and screens over and over. How to represent reality? Can we talk about the reality in the time of image culture?

Abstract Violence investigates the image of current war and migration from its first place, from destroyed Syrian cities and from leftover objects. Caner questions the impossibility of representing violent images and how we interpret them within the time of the image culture. The project uses real footage that were shot by the artist in Syria during the recent war. Caner produces an abstract space with 3D scanned-rendered objects, which were collected from ruined houses to emphasize how these events become virtual and make us insensitive. The artist uses two sided video projection, as well as transparent and plexiglass sculptures placed under the screen in order to produce different realities.