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Ali Hassoun - Şenay Kazalova

Contemporary art is not based on a conventional historical evolution of formal innovations, but rather it develops suggestions in today's reality. Artists are involved in the dynamics of life which they use to develop contemporary art forms. The main issue for the viewer and the painting (i.e. the artist) is to comprehend the content collectively.

In spite of developments in other art disciplines, the art of painting has been shaping formal innovations by following the modern-historical consciousness. Today, the art of painting can also produce intellectual dialogical forms of daily life and head towards the collective consciousness."

Ali Hassoun's art works use grey-neutral images from the masterpieces of West European art in the background, and socio-cultural dominant images in the foreground. His paintings are subject to multi-layered interpretations as they deal with scenes of every day life in the Middle East and local forms structured with colourful painting, which challenge the scenes from Western masterpieces in the background.

Senay Kazalova's works (oil painting portraits) settle in the time and space of the audience becoming more than just objects to be viewed - They choose their own addressee. Kazalova, borrows the role of the audience and dislocates it, thus getting in the position of the audience and recreates the work. This situation is expressed as the transformation of the power relationship (mutual-activity) between the gaze in erased cold portraits and the viewer (viewed). In this indirect exchange, the viewer is the object of the effective power of the brave gaze.

Mürteza Fidan