On the 17th of November we will host two screenings of Nest Egg and a Q&A session with Merve Kılıçer. FREE ENTRANCE.
First screening: 19:30 / Second screening: 20:30 / 20:45: Q&A session
Nest Egg (17 min / 2021)
Nest Egg (2021) is a short artist’s film that documents the artist as she goes through the procedure of human oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing). The procedure is held in the Netherlands rather than her home country, Turkey, because of the marital law restrictions on the later usage of the frozen oocytes. With a drive to approach this control mechanism over her body and reproductive rights, the story shares the effects of this process from medical and emotional aspects while discussing the position of the artist in the society in relation to traditional family structures. Borrowing from the staging of the Hidden Mother Photography of the Victorian era, the artist invites the viewer to think about holding the possibility of a child ‘stable’ while fulfilling the expectations of the society and establishing a professional career in the current precarious conditions of the world. The combination of 16 mm black&white film and the smart phone camera footage emphasizes the dilemma of this new technological procedure which deals with the natural cycle of life.
About the artist:
Merve Kılıçer (TR) works with past knowledges and translates them into contemporary experiences. Her practice is combined into spatial installations or performances comprising videos, objects, sound as well as artist books or images created with traditional technics of print making. She often creates in collaboration with other artists and forms a collective language. Actively works with Kaba Hat artist collective, Eat House cooking collective and lives in Rotterdam as part of W1555 artist community.
She holds a MFA degree from Piet Zwart Institute in 2019 (Rotterdam), after studying at the Sabancı University (Istanbul) and at the Accademia Di Belle Arti (Rome). Her work has been shown at Stichting Sign (Groningen), Hotel Maria Kapel (Hoorn), Corridor Project Space (Amsterdam), Swimming Pool (Sofia), Freiburg Museum für Neue Kunst (Freiburg), and at the 14th Istanbul Biennial.
Bar closed 20:00, bring a drink for refreshment. All shows are seated. QR code + ID needed.