Zeyno Pekünlü, Yıpranan Yer (Worn Part), 2019, video, black-and-white, sound, 3 minutes 18 seconds.

Zeyno Pekünlü


In a show at New York’s SculptureCenter this past winter, the midcareer Turkish artist Banu Cennetoğlu exhibited a 128-hour-long film amassing twelve years of her digital life as stored on numerous cameras, phones, computers, and hard drives. This documentary approach to tackling the everyday amid Turkey’s turbulent trajectory intersects with the performative aesthetics of Zeyno Pekünlü, a Turkish artist a decade younger than Cennetoğlu. Pekünlü’s latest Istanbul exhibition also centered on a large video canvas: the nine-hour İş (Work; all works 2019), which portrays her daily routine.

A gray sofa placed in front of a plasma screen invited visitors to experience Pekünlü’s workday in its entirety. Shot from the built-in camera of her MacBook and recalling a YouTube vlog, the auto-portrait consists exclusively of the artists reading from the internet, mumbling, murmuring, and thinking out

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