Nil Yalter, Hasköy, 2018, digital video, color, sound, 25 minutes.

Nil Yalter


Nil Yalter, Hasköy, 2018, digital video, color, sound, 25 minutes.

Nil Yalter’s latest show, “Kara Kum” (Black Sand), dwelt on the idea of transformation. It started with a prologue. Visitors heard a recording, emanating from behind a curtain with a kaleidoscopic print of images, of Yalter’s voice uttering words in Turkish, English, and French that relate to themes such as time, space, darkness, and movement: “dark matter, atomic nucleus, volume, hidden.” This work, Untitled (all works 2018), is a distillation of a five-minute-long performance; some hourglasses the artist had used during that piece sat on a table in the middle of the room. The black sand, or kara kum, in the hourglasses was the core element of the whole show; following this initial encounter, in subsequent steps she used it to meditate on the passage of time and our efforts to make something different from what’s at hand—conjuring ideas about alchemy, science, industry, and

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