SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT:

Agents and Tools of Caring

2009-2017

The investigation of friction and wounding culminated in a new project in search for tools of care and healing.

 

In 2009, Sena Başöz realized a series of street performances about a nurse who did not know what to do with herself. For two weeks she was in disguise of an 80’s nurse, who is both a personal admiration as well as part of her personal history. She had been thinking on how nurses’ caregiving and selfless attitude is associated with women among the society as an idealized gender role.

As she was going through tools and agencies of healing, she realized that bandages are collages applied to the wound. Her video work Doctoring, consisting of a series of operated photographs, emerged as a result of this period.

The Artist Book Working through the Beginning Sequence blocks/censors images of Gezi Park events with black patches in a similar fashion.

As she was going through tools and agencies of healing, she realized that bandages are collages applied to the wound. Her video work Doctoring, consisting of a series of operated photographs, emerged as a result of this period.

The Artist Book Working through the Beginning Sequence blocks/censors images of Gezi Park events with black patches in a similar fashion.

Doctoring

2010 

12’ single channel video

Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/14821509 

Working Through the Beginning Sequence

2014 

Artist book

Be the Doctor, Practice Nursing

2016 

6’24” single channel video 

Commissioned by SPOT production fund for Produce 3 

The artist’s nurse alter ego resurfaces in Be the Doctor, Practice Nursing video in 2016. This video questions the relationship between art making and healing. In the video, the nurse realizes that things take their course: the wound requires dressing, but in reality it can also heal by itself in time.

Mixed media on strips of gauze

29x42 cm mixed media

42x29 cm mixed media

Selected Collages and Drawings From Nurse Series

2015-2016
Dimensions variable, mixed media on paper 

 

Her collage and installation work using medical supplies explore the potential of these materials.

42x29 cm mixed media

The Screen

2016

This project was commissioned by SPOT production fund for Produce 3 exhibition.

3’ video loop on vintage medical screen

Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/173021043

 

The playful video of floating white bones on the sea is shot in Çeşme on a shore that is close to the Greek island Chios and is projected on a medical screen. A screen separates and marks a border. Contrary to this, the human bones in the video dissolve onto the source of life; representing an ultimate unification. How can we grasp the meaning of human tragedies when we look from the perspective of the earth and its own time?

Naming is Death
2016
lecture performance with Yasemin Özcan 
Commisioned by SPOT production fund in 2016 for Produce 3

Is it possible to recover through art? Is the creative process always simultaneously healing? With references to their own personal histories, Sena Başöz and Yasemin Özcan take the concept of healing within their respective artistic practices off the table and onto the sick bed for this lecture performance. This is also an invitation to explore the potential space between positive sciences and accumulation of esoteric knowledge. Without failing to nod at Jung and Beuys, a poem begins.

Date :April 25, 2016

Place: Koç Pera

Notes on a Parallel Life

2017

5’50’’ Performance video

Realized as part of Experiementierfeld Tokyo Project with the production grant of SAHA foundation.

Notes on a Parallel Life is a performance Sena Başöz realized in her alterego ‘the nurse’. Adaptation to and alteration of a space as a result of migration has become one of the most central issues in the last few years in Turkey. The nurse tries to adapt to Tokyo while also attempting to alter it using a tool she builds.

Sweetheart

2017

Site-Specific Sound Loop

 

In her sound installation Sweetheart, Sena Başöz reads terms of endearment directed towards an unknown subject expressively. This recorded sound is then installed at the bottom of the pittosporum shrub in the garden of the exhibition space. In this way, the shrub in the secluded corner of the garden starts speaking, just like the reeds not being able to keep a secret, whispering; "King Midas has an ass's ears". Freed from the holy mother or the desire of a woman, these terms of endearment are broadcasted to the public space. This gesture can be read as a form of electrical grounding. At the end of the day, nature is the ultimate source of life.