Object, Print on metal, marble base, 8x10 cm, in Turkish, Istanbul, 2012

Self-Portrait (2012) is a text-based work and its starting point is the ambivalent language used in research articles, in particular a statistical expression used to classify social groups in Turkey. Seeing this expression in a research paper about poverty, the artist recognizes that she also falls within that definition, along with many other people. She decides ironically to print it on a metal plate usually indicating status. Through its focus on the term ‘girl’, the work also underlines the patriarchal structures in language and points to the intersectionality of class and gender-based struggles.

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