Gülsün Karamustafa, since the 1970’s, has been a leading visionary in mining her own individuality and giving meaning and form to personal freedom in art which has had a great impact on younger generations of Turkish artists. Karamustafa seems to approach life and art with ceaseless curiosity which may be why she has become one of the most interesting figures in Turkish Contemporary Art.
Karamustafa feels at home with many modes of expression; painting, assemblage, installation and video inviting viewers to experience a sense of belonging instead of estrangement in the worlds she creates. Karamustafa’s pieces are about identity, tradition, memory, cultural transitions and their effects. The societal view of gender is one of Karamustafa’s number one topics; it is a subject that she studies on multiple levels.
The works that Karamustafa has produced around the subject of female identity, from the very beginning, is very diverse; from the deconstruction of the West’s orientalist fantasies to the construction of the female identity in Ottoman times, during the forming of the Republic and in modern day Turkey.
Excerpt from Ahu Antmen’s text on Gülsün Karamustafa, courtesy of Büro Sarıgedik.