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Ipek Duben

Ipek Duben, Sherife 9 - 10 -11, 1981. Courtesy: the artist and Pi Artworks, London

Ipek Duben, Sherife 9 - 10 -11, 1981. Courtesy: the artist and Pi Artworks, London

İpek Duben’s work spans across a variety of media such as painting and artist books through to video and sound installations. The areas and themes in which she primarily focuses span across concepts surrounding memory, identity, alienation, gender and migration.

Duben initially began by observing her subjects from an outsiders standpoint. She translated what she saw on to canvas which gave way to the conception of her renowned painting series Sherife (1981); a series of iconic ‘headless’ images representing the depiction of an Anatolian migrant woman she’d met on her return to Istanbul during mid-nineteen seventies.

From this, her observations on identity and alienation has continued to present itself throughout her practice. Here we see this displayed in a selection of striking and thought provoking iconic nudes found in both the Traces series (1991), (2012) and Suspended series (2010-12).

Ipek Duben, b.1941, Istanbul. Featured major exhibitions include: 4th Mardin Biennale, Pi Artworks, London, Merdiven Art Space, Istanbul; Fabrica, Brighton, Salt Galata, Istanbul; The British Museum, 13th İstanbul Biennial, İstanbul Modern and The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.

Featured major collections include: The British Museum, Vienna Museum, The Bibliotheca Alexandria, Egypt, King St. Stephen Museum, Museum voor Volkenkunde, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and Vehbi Koc Foundation.