Beyond Time

Beyond Time
Beyond Time
Beyond Time
Beyond Time
Beyond Time

Beyond Time

Beyond time is CANAN first exhibition in Switzerland.

Delving into ancient, modern and contemporary “myths” about gender, power structures and the body, the exhibition features artworks ranging from embroidery, video and traditional miniature painting. While the media are extremely diverse, the exhibition coherently explores the persistence of mythical paradigms in defining the value and meaning of human life.

CANAN,Women Bathing in Moonlight, 2017, HD video, 4’42’’

Since the 1990s CANAN has been analyzing how institutions such as government, family, society and religion affect the private lives of women. In her recent engagement with ancient cosmology, CANAN brings a new level to her analysis, revealing how old narratives are pulled through new frames of morality to dictate contemporary experience.
Within her investigation, CANAN examines symbols within the collective consciousness and the subconscious, and reflects on how these symbols shape human behaviors and relationships. Symbols are a timeless, non-geographical and common language that mark our daily lives and that define our relationship with each other and with history. Symbols are a common language, for which the meaning ranges from the “highest art” to daily objects, to those in politics, humanity and art history, but one that is mostly involved with the transfer of beauty, human feelings and thoughts. Through symbols, we often have an understanding and perception of past times from a contemporary perspective. In her most recent works, CANAN continues to work on the cognitive, intuitive and imaginative effects of images, which are at times frightening, and at times definitive of beauty, nurtured by nature and symbolized through perceived meanings. How we perceive a symbol is dependent upon personal and social perspectives.

Beyond time engages the audience with a sort of mystical and ritual experience, where artworks evoke a sense of hope in the audience as they find their own meaning by looking at the shapes, colors, sounds and symbols, letting the minds construct the present using both past experiences as well as dreams of the future.

 

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