More about the eye – Deniz Beyazit

The artist also talks about the expression of our eyes, how much it matters and how much of a difference the look in our eyes makes.

The statues, for example, most of them don’t have eyes, they’re just empty – as she puts it “they stare into emptiness’.

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The expression of our describes everything we feel, for example how Medea’s reaction is represented after she was betrayed. It is obvious that the artist focused on the expression of the eyes, because of how important it is in showing a emotion.

 

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Identity – Deniz Beyazit – Further into the meaning of the Eye

I came across of a recording with the art curator Deniz Beyazit where she talks about the human eye and how they can speak with no words. She talks about The Evil Eye which in the islamic culture it is believed to be “a protection of the bad look”, jealousy.

It is very interesting how in almost every culture the eye, from the very beginning is considered to be a protection from the bad. In Egypt it is known as The Eye of Horus or The Eye of Ra, that brings protection against the evil, in India, The Eye of Shiva – possessor of knowledge and destroys the evil; in Nepal – Eyes of Buddha, referred as The Eye of the World; in the Middle East, the symbol of the eye in a hand, again brings protection against the evil, in Christianity – The All Seeing Eye, Eye of Providence, which is now used as a symbol for The Illuminati, representing the opposite of what it is known by.

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In almost every culture the eye is known as a protection against the evil. It is also known that the evil has no soul. The Black Eyed Children, for example, everyone is terrified because of these stories, the internet is full of articles about these children terrifying the world. People describe them as young children with black eyes, that give them a feeling of the evil being present and that they look soulless; like the evil knocked at their doors.

With all this information about the eye protecting us from the evil, also being considered as the window to our soul and that the evil has no soul, it takes us to the conclusion that the eye is indeed a path to our souls.

Also, I recently read a few articles that were mainly about the fact that we all lose 21 grams when we die and that it is believed to be our soul leaving the body. In relation to this, if you look at the eyes of a dead person you’ll see nothing scarier than that – they look empty, like there is nothing there and there is nothing left indeed as that person is gone.

 

Identity – Thoughts

I decided to create my final body of work based on this theme. The main reason I decided to do this is that I actually believe that you can “identify” a person just by looking into their eye,  just a look into their eyes and you can tell who they are. It has nothing to do with guessing their past and their future, it is only about reading them, who they are as a person, whether they can be trusted or not, whether their intentions are good or bad and so on.

There is a reason why our eye are said to be the window to our soul – they express our emotions and they never lie.

The eyes have one language everywhere. – George Herbert,  Jacula Prudentum (1651)  – Reading this made me think more about the fact that our eyes are unique, yet they speak the same language everywhere, as it George Herbert puts it. They are unique yes, as the soul of each person is, but eyes do the same thing for everyone, they are the window to our soul, no matter how different we are from each other, we all have this one thing in common, so similar yet so different.

 

 

 

 

The Body; Forms, functions and interactions

We discussed about how we interact with the surroundings and how our body and how are we affecting our surroundings, for example Katherine Wolkoff’s project Deer Beds is series of images where she photographed the marks that the deers left in the grass, in the places where they slept.

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I thought more about how our body is affected by the environment and it took me to the idea of scars and how it affects us that sometimes we’re left with permanent scars, as a reminder.

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Relationships; fixed and fluid

Carrie Levy’s body of work 51 Months represents a diary of absence, of the 51 months that her father spent in jail. Her images are meant to show the viewer what she and her family has been through while her father went to jail, she’s sharing her story and her personal experience, by photographing places and moments that she lived, which inspired me when thinking about this task, by deciding to represent through an image the only and the most important place of my childhood. A place that brought me so much happiness and joy at that time and it still does,  that nothing could ever compare to it.75.story_x_large

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I also looked at Ron Jude’s project Lago in which, the photographer returns to the place of his childhood looking for clues, exploring in details every single part of the place of his childhood.

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As a final image I decided to show the audience how I feel about that place and that I sometimes just sit somewhere thinking and remembering the good days when I had nothing to worry about. This place is the one thing I miss the most and even though it still brings me joy, it has changed, a bit too much I would say and the images that I in my mind are pretty much all that’s left of it.

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Conversations; Records and Stimuli

For this task we had to record a conversation with a stranger and then create a series of images based on what we found out about or from that person.

The conversation that I had was with someone I know, but know nothing about. I randomly met with her on my way to work and she seemed in a very good mood, happy, smiling and the first thing I asked her how come is she so happy. She said that it’s the weather. It was in the middle of a sunny day, the wind was not blowing at all, or at least not as it usually is and the light was so nice and warm. It is quite common that the majority of people don’t like a rainy day, but seeing how happy a person can be just because of a sunny day was something different.

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Identity; Constructed and complex

What makes up our identity?

The clothes we’re wearing, our background (where are you from, the way you speak, your family), what you do for a living, what you do for fun, morals, how we ask when we are well/unwell, what we buy, how we choose to look like, how we act when we’re sober and when we’re inebriated – Is that’s what creates our identity?

No, that’s not what creates our identity. I personally don’t believe that. Imagine if those things would actually create our identity, that would mean that we can easily steal anyone’s identity, we could become anyone we want. Even as it is, people do that, they’re trying to be something they’re not and the things we buy, what we do for a living how we choose to look like, these things are something that we all have in common. There’s too many of us on this planet that is 110% impossible not to have this kind of things in common with someone else.

Nikki S. Lee shows us through her body of work, Projects how easy it is to immerse yourself into a subculture and to become someone else, by changing the way you look and the way you act.

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If it is that easy to become someone else why don’t we all steal each others identities? It’s that simple, we can’t because this is not what makes up our identity.

Photographer Trish Morrissey in her body of work Front  travels on beaches and approaches different families asking if they could take a family photograph where she would take the role of the mother. She immerses herself into different families trying to take the identity of the mother and when you take the first look at the picture it makes it actually makes you feel that she is actually a part of the family, but in the same time you can feel a discomfort between the family members. When they pose  for the picture they are smiling, but it is something about it that it is just not natural.

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I think that what makes up our identity is what we believe in, how we think about ourselves, how we choose to express ourselves, how we make our choices; whether we’re kind and good people or brutal and careless. I personally believe that all of this can be seen in a person’s eyes. Our eyes are the window to our soul and by looking into a person’s eyes you can tell everything about them, if they’re good or bad people, if they’ve been through a lot of hard times in their life, if they’re naive, helpless, if they’re suffering.

The image bellow represents my response to the Identity task.

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