Can Sarıçoban: DERANGED
30.08 - 13.09.18
Modernity, society after modernity, postmodern society, information society, risk society...
We may be going through a period in which all these are intertwined and their differences cannot be
easily determined. Everybody lives her/his period or periods within her/his own space. Space shapes the
general ways of behavior or habitus and in turn, habitus shapes space. Ontologically, these two concepts
maintain each other to a large extent. In Bourdieu’s terms, the conditions of ontological existence an
individual internalizes in her/his body during the socialization process form the permanent and
transferrable habitus for her/him. In this new period characterized by the intertwinement of different
social periods, the borders separating habitus from space do no longer exist, and it’s observable that
each individual has a space and is capable of creating various habitus in relation to that space. How do
an individual’s different personalities within different habitus affect her/his very existence? To what
extent is it possible to be an individual capable of realizing herself/himself and leading a life with strong
bases? The easiest way out for the individual who cannot actually realize herself/himself would be to
embrace the illusion that “she/he has realized herself/himself and has been approved”.
Social sites form a space where it’s easiest to create this illusion. New society’s desire for temporary
approval and momentary satisfaction has its equivalent in relations and sexuality as well. Sexuality too
might have become a means of escape easily accessible but incapable of bringing the feeling of
wholeness, completeness to the individual. ... Does the fact that people more easily reach and experience
everything day by day usher in a sort of normalization by increasing disorder, in the light of the
principles of entropy? Or is the very concept of individual under threat of extinction in ontological terms
due to ever increasing chaos?
Can Sarıçoban’s fifth solo exhibition Deranged literally expresses disorder, intermingling, imbalance,
unstableness, disturbance and even mentally deranged. Using long-pose and light-coloring for the first
time in contrast with his previous works, the artist creates shiny, neon colored, moving, stimulant images
without any sharpness, which he expresses as “a kind of reaction unmaking the silence of calmness and
melancholia”, and even a kind of “frenzy”.