MATSUTAKE GALLERY presents
"Sena Başöz - Clam"
The Box consists of a sequence of various objects hidden inside thick, dark, long hair being picked over sometimes by a male and sometimes by a female hand. In the video compassion and care trigger phenomena in contrast such as concealment and revelation, holding on and letting go, death and life.
The artist combs the River Rhine with several hair combs in the opposite direction of the river. The hair combs stand as a metaphor for tools of the rational mind, creating small ripples within the turbulent flow of the river.
This video was made during the artist’s three month stay in Basel researching what the city holds in its archives and what flows through. She conducted a series of interviews with archivists and people with immi- grant backgrounds on what they preserve. These interviews are in the process of turning into a book by the end of 2021.
Sena Başöz is an artist and filmmaker living and working in Istanbul. She received her BA in Economics from Boğaziçi University in 2002 and MFA from Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts in Film and Video in 2010. Her recent solo exhibitions include Astronomical Movements, Bilsart Istanbul (2021), Ars Oblivionis, Lotsremark Projekte, Basel (2020); A Consolation, Krank Art Gallery, Istanbul (2020); Hold on Let go, MO-NO-HA Seongsu, Seoul (2020) and On Lightness, DEPO Istanbul(2018). She has participated in group exhibitions such as Transitorische Turbulenzen, Kunstraum Dreiviertel, Bern (2020); Studio Bosporus, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2018); Quiet Dialogue, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum (2018) and Sharjah Bien- nial Offsite Exhibition: Bahar, Istanbul (2017).
She participated in artist residencies at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2017), Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz (2010) and Delfina Foundation, London (2020).
Sena Başöz’s artwork focuses on healing processes after cases of trauma evolving out of the importance of care, the ways nature self-regenerates creating a balance in the long run and the organism’s capacity to repair itself.
MATUTAKE GALLERY est située dans une petite pièce cachée au fond de la librairie Yvon Lambert et sera consacrée à des expositions de vidéos. La programmation de la galerie MATSUTAKE est assurée par l'artiste David Horvitz, et fait suite à la galerie Porcino, située à l’intérieur de ChertLüdde à Berlin depuis 2013; et à la Galerie Morille fondée en 2017, située dans une boîte à chaussures dans l'atelier de l'artiste à Los Angeles. Ces espaces d'exposition entretiennent des relations mycorhiziennes avec leurs hôtes et collaborent au travers de relations de réseaux symbiotiques.
MATSUTAKE GALLERY is located inside a closet in Librairie Yvon Lambert, and will focus on video exhibitions. MATSUTAKE GALLERY follows Porcino, founded inside of ChertLüdde, Berlin in 2013; and Galerie Morille in 2017, located inside shoeboxes inside Horvitz's studio in Los Angeles. These exhibitions spaces have mycorrhizal relationships with their hosts, collaborating through amiable symbiotic horizontal network relationships.