The world is at a standstill and social distancing is part of a new norm, but studio life goes on! Braverman Gallery reached out to Nezaket Ekici who joined us for a short conversation that offers a glimpse into the artist’s studio, work and thought process, and life under lock down.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE YOU WANTED TO BECOME AN ARTIST?
I was born in Turkey in 1970 and arrived at Duisburg Germany at the age of 3 years old. Growing up as a “Gastarbeiter” child in Germany I was dominated by many rules. My father was a poet, a teacher and a free thinker. He supported me in getting a good education and to being creative.
I knew early on since I was about 12 years old that I wanted to be an artist. I always loved to draw, and took painting classes nearly everyday after school. When I had the possiblity to go to University my first thought was to study art. And so it was. I studied, painting, sculpture, art history, art pedagogy in Munich, and performance art in Brunswick, Germany.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST FASCINATED BY THESE DAYS?
The blue sky, the sun, and the flowers.
The studio is where I make art, produce video performances, and experiment with materials, though I am not there on a daily basis. I often welcome and host meetings with curators, artists and colleagues in my studio as well. I also conduct artist talks, face to face, or online while I’m traveling to appear in live performances.
CHOOSE AN OBJECT IN YOUR STUDIO THAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU. WHAT MAKES IT MORE SIGNIFICANT THAN OTHERS?
My performance costumes. They are so important because the unique costumes are in themselves works of art. The costumes embody the idea of a performance. I never choose costumes simply for themselves, rather always in close relation to a peroformance idea.
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