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Nil Yalter, Rahime, Kurdish Woman from Turkey (detail), 1979, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Nil Yalter

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Nil Yalter, Rahime, Kurdish Woman from Turkey (detail), 1979, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Can a body be institutionalized? The human mind certainly can. And what the mind absorbs the body enacts, as it is corralled by the social structures and physical architectures it inhabits. Paris-based Turkish artist Nil Yalter has created a body of work over the past forty years that addresses this idea in relationship to the politics of affect––specifically examining the experiences of women who exist on society’s margins, such as immigrants and prisoners. Her first solo exhibition in London presented three early works from the 1970s: La Roquette, Prison de Femmes, 1974; Harem, 1979; and Rahime, Kurdish Woman from Turkey, 1979.

La Roquette, Prison de Femmes was created in collaboration with Judy Blum and Nicole Croiset. It tells the story of Mimi, a former inmate at a Paris women’s prison whom Blum met when their children attended the same kindergarten. The work comprises a

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