ALTERNATIVE GAZE TO SINAN’S WORKS: "SINAN PROJECT" EXHIBITIONBorusan Contemporary is hosting an exhibition entitled "Sinan Project" by Ola Kolehmainen (1964, Helsinki), who is recognized as one of the leading figures in international contemporary photography. The exhibition, curated by Dr. Necmi Sönmez, will be open until September 3.
The artist’s work, with which he made a name for himself within the Helsinki School of Photography, were acquired by the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection in 2010 and put on display in Perili Köşk in 2012. Later, between 2012–2014 with Borusan Contemporary’s special commission, Kolehmainen started working on Mimar Sinan, producing a series of large, colored photographs that take on the great architect’s work with the Byzantine architectural tradition, which was a major influence on Sinan.
Kolehmainen, who is particularly interested in how light is used in the buildings Sinan built, decided where and how he should place his camera after making a research on the most suitable hours of the day to take photographs through months and seasons. Examining Hagia Sofia, Little Hagia Sofia and Chora, all of which influenced Sinan’s works, he collected visual notes about the "architectural forms" shaped by centuries and cultures. These notes constitute the basis of the "Sinan Project".
What makes Ola Kolehmainen’s "Sinan Project" unique is the fact that he brings architecture up for discussion, whether it’s Byzantine or Ottoman, with a new, contemporary perspective. These large, colored photographs, produced by diasec technique, look to the past not only with the cutting edge tools of technology but through the lens of an aesthetic inquiry.
The "Sinan Project" consists of eleven works including the bridges Sinan built as well as the religious buildings like Hagia Sofia, Chora, Süleymaniye and Selimiye. These large, colored photographs underline the relationship between light and architectural forms. The artist approaches to the different shapes that forms take with light by interpreting light from two perspectives, inside and outside the buildings,
Kolehmainen’s exhibition the "Sinan Project", which leaves the audience with a different Hagia Sofia, Süleymaniye and Selimiye, could be seen on weekends between 10.00 and19.00, until September 3.