Berkay Tuncay’s solo exhibition titled “Human, how strange, so vulgar, such a masterpiece and yet so primitive” takes place at SANATORIUM between the dates 13 March – 31 May 2020. The artist presents a reading of the Internet culture in relation to its historical connections, in regards to the capitalist, digital and absurd era that we are in. The exhibition takes its title from a Hande Yener song called Kibir (Hubris), written by Sezen Aksu. The exhibition focuses on how digitization shaped popular culture and questions whether it can function to form connections between different cultures.
“Human, how strange, so vulgar, such a masterpiece and yet so primitive” examines contemporary digital culture and its habits, and brings out the unrecognized parallels between the “cutting edge” and the “primeval”. Berkay Tuncay focuses on our relationship with the Internet, the relationships that are formed on the Internet, prevalent anxiety, Internet slang and the homogenous culture by highlighting the historical continuity of these contemporary phenomena.
Berkay Tuncay’s (1983, Istanbul) work is shaped by investigating the multi-layered effects of the Internet on global society by copying, combining and transforming cultural codes circulating online. The personal exhibitions of the artist, who took part in many international group exhibitions, are as follows; Getting Away With It All Messed Up, Display, Berlin, (2018); Life Is What You Go Through While Watching Cute Cat Videos, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul (2016); WE ARE ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN, 49A, Izmir (2013); I’M SORRY, BECAUSE I DANCE, De Kijkdoos, Amsterdam (2011). Tuncay, ArtCenter, Istanbul (2011-2013); He participated in residency programs such as Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2014) and Gastatelier NRW, Düsseldorf (2018). He lives and works in Istanbul.