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Cihad caner
Abstract Violence
Video | hdv | color | 11'10'' | Turkey / Netherlands | 2016
Abstract Violence The images of war and migration are mainly based on the images that are being circulated in mainstream and social media. Although, these violent and manipulative images form an important element of public opinion concerning the migration flux and war, they are definitely not direct representations of reality. How to represent reality? Can we talk about the reality in the time of image culture? Abstract Violence investigates the image of current war and migration from its first place, from destroyed Syrian cities and from leftover objects. Caner questions the impossibility of representing violent images and how we interpret them within the time of the image culture. The project uses real footage that were shot by the artist in Syria during the recent war. Caner produces an abstract space with 3D scanned-rendered objects, which were collected from ruined houses to emphasize how these events become virtual and make us insensitive.
Cihad Caner was born in 1990 in Istanbul. Caner holds an MFA on Media Design and Communication. Caner lives and works in Rotterdam and Istanbul.