Biennale of Sydney

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Foundations, 2019, carpet, metal, dimensions variable. Installation view for ''Neither on the ground, nor in the sky'’ at IFA Galerie Berlin. Support from SAHA Association. Courtesy the artist and Green Art Gallery Dubai. Photograph: Viktoria Tomaschko.
Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, In Situ, 2013, soap and vinyl site specific installation, dimensions variable. Installation view for PiST///Interdisciplinary Project Space, Istanbul. Courtesy the artist and PiST///Interdisciplinary Space. Photograph: Osman Bozkurt, PiST///Interdisciplinary Space.
Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, When Things Find Their Own Cleft, 2016, bricks and metal, dimensions variable. Installation view for ‘If you can’t go through the door, go through the window’ at ALT Art Space, Istanbul. Courtesy the artist and ALT. Photograph: Batu Tezyüksel

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan

Born 1984 in Istanbul, Turkey
Lives in Istanbul


In her multidisciplinary practice, Hera Büyüktaşcıyan uses the notion of absence and invisibility to anchor memory, space and time through unseen and forgotten aspects of history. As a storyteller, she integrates metaphors from local myths with historic and iconographic elements of different geographies to open up new narratives. Water is a recurring theme in her practice, referring to what the artist understands as the fluid, aquatic nature of memory. Through her site-specific interventions, sculptures, drawings and films, Büyüktaşcıyan dives into terrestrial imagination by unearthing patterns of selected narratives and timelines that unfold the material memory of unstable spaces.