Istanbul

Nilbar Güres, Die Schublade (The Drawer), 2019, mixed media on fabric, 70 7⁄8 × 55 1⁄8".

Nilbar Güres, Die Schublade (The Drawer), 2019, mixed media on fabric, 70 7⁄8 × 55 1⁄8".

Nilbar Güres

GALERIST

Both the possibilities and the constraints of gender and sexuality underlie Nilbar Güreş’s practice. Born in Istanbul in 1977, Güreş was a connoisseur and collector of textiles from an early age and studied the teaching of art, design, and textiles at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. For her installations, videos, and fabric sculptures, she engages with artisans, celebrates local crafts, and depicts conflicted, fluid, transitioning bodies that bend to fulfill their desires and, in doing so, become works of art. Menstrual blood, gender-reassigned sex organs, and human totems populate her works; her subjects practice castration and fisting, experience sex’s pains and pleasures, and act out rituals reflecting Turkey’s hybrid cultural identity.

Güreş’s recent exhibition “Magnet and the Moon,” comprising works from the past half-decade, stitched together this intellectual patchwork while

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