Özgür Kar

TR/NL, 1992
  • resident
    • 2019 – 2021

Artist statement

Özgür Kar’s black and white video animations feature anthropomorphic characters, delivering contemporary tales poised between desire, melancholy, and loneliness. Trapped in the confined frame of flat screens, Kar’s figures whisper pulp monologues of tragedy and homoeroticism. Sketched out as white lines on black backgrounds, the slow-moving alter-egos unfold an emotional complexity through long soliloquies. Rooting his influences in a variety of genres such as experimental theatre, European and Turkish folklore, early twentieth-century animation films, and 1990s MTV cartoons, Kar accumulates diverse sources to represent the shift in digital consumption, imagined as a cacophonic experience inducing confrontation.

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