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Miray Seramet

Berlin/Germany

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Konzeptkunst, Skulptur • Born in Krefeld/Germany • Studied at KHB Berlin/Germany
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Veröffentlicht  13.07.2016   |   Aktualisiert  23.08.2016

„In my work I follow the impulse of connections“

Miray Seramet (*1971 Krefeld) is of German-Turkish origin; she has studied textile design and goes to classical dance classes. These elements are central themes to the artist. The desire to express her double identity in relation to her own body is addressed in textile objects, images, photographs and projections.

Seramet considers thread, fabrics, and clothing to be symbols of gender roles but also of her own identity between...

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Miray Seramet (*1971 Krefeld) is of German-Turkish origin; she has studied textile design and goes to classical dance classes. These elements are central themes to the artist. The desire to express her double identity in relation to her own body is addressed in textile objects, images, photographs and projections.

Seramet considers thread, fabrics, and clothing to be symbols of gender roles but also of her own identity between Turkish tradition and modern German fashion consciousness. The knitting machine is her tool for the connection between mason’s cord and nylons, an allegorical entanglement between man and woman. In Den 20 she combines flesh-coloured nylons, a second female skin, more beautiful, decent and more erotic than naked skin with strong, colourful, and rough mason’s cord. Astonishingly, the seemingly fragile nylons don’t tear, and poetical collections come together, fired by a background concept interlaced with extravagant fashion creations.
Nylons, mounted on large canvases, stowed away in sample boxes, or presented on the wall as soft objects, are omnipresent. The nylons are tested as to their strength and their stretch qualities; their worn or unworn shape is exemplified, or they are collaged. A particular colour may be highlighted, they are filled with lambswool and fashioned into breast-penises and vulva-buds. Gretchen in der Stube [Little Grete in the Living Room] consists of a series of androgynous sexual body parts, a hybrid between sexshop accessory and soft toy. Soft and Strong is a photographic work in which the nylons, photographed by the artist on her own legs, have strangely coloured fluffy additions of erotic connotation that would seem to originate from a performance. The general focus of this humorous work is on the theme of love.
Seramet writes: “Sewing, embroidering, knitting, and felt-making are crafts that symbolically stand in the close tradition of Turkish dowry for future brides…. My collections are a humorous hint at the difference between man and woman, the absurdity of societal norms of a division by gender. My work confronts open sexuality with sexuality concealed under a veil.”

Text: Dr. Helen Adkins


Gretchen in der Stube Teil 1, Nr.1-20, 160x140x14 cm, exhibition view, Liebe ist...

Gretchen in der Stube Teil 1, Nr.1-20, 160x140x14 cm, exhibition view, Liebe ist...

Gretchen in der StubeTeil 1, Nr.20, Surgical Stocking, sheep`s wool, fox fur, needled, 12x20x16 cm

Gretchen in der StubeTeil 1, Nr.20, Surgical Stocking, sheep`s wool, fox fur, needled, 12x20x16 cm

Gretchen in der Stube Teil 1, Nr.2, Nylons, sheep`s wool, rabbit fur, needled, 8x14x10 cm

Gretchen in der Stube Teil 1, Nr.2, Nylons, sheep`s wool, rabbit fur, needled, 8x14x10 cm

Flower Nr.5, Nylons, sheep's wool, needled, 6x10x12 cm, 2014

Flower Nr.5, Nylons, sheep's wool, needled, 6x10x12 cm, 2014

Flower Nr.1, Nylons, sheep's wool, needled, 5x 9x 6 cm, 2014

Flower Nr.1, Nylons, sheep's wool, needled, 5x 9x 6 cm, 2014

Flowers Nr.1-9, Nylons, sheep's wool, needled, 12x35x49 cm, 2014

Flowers Nr.1-9, Nylons, sheep's wool, needled, 12x35x49 cm, 2014

Hildegard Nr.9, Nylons on Molton needled, 180x120 cm, 2015

Hildegard Nr.9, Nylons on Molton needled, 180x120 cm, 2015

Hildegard Nr. 9 Nr. 10, exhibition view, BBC Berlin-Bozen, 2015

Hildegard Nr. 9 Nr. 10, exhibition view, BBC Berlin-Bozen, 2015

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Knitting Machine tools, Pfaff Passap Duomatic Nr. 80

Knitting Machine tools, Pfaff Passap Duomatic Nr. 80

Knitting Machine tools, Pfaff Passap Duomatic Nr. 80

Knitting Machine tools, Pfaff Passap Duomatic Nr. 80

Flowers, draped Nr.1-16, Nylons, sheep's wool, knitted, 180x180x16cm, 2014-2016

Flowers, draped Nr.1-16, Nylons, sheep's wool, knitted, 180x180x16cm, 2014-2016

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

I like it that my studio is on the ground floor, it feels very earthy with both feet on the ground. I start working in my studio very early. open the door and enjoy the fresh air and drink good coffee, that makes me very happy....

What sounds, scents and sights do you encounter while in your studio?

My studio is very quiet, so i can hear my own thoughts.

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

Nylons, surgical Stocking and lambswool.

If you could install your art absolutely anywhere, where would that be?

Dubai Museum of Contemporary Art (DMOCA)

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

Gotthard Graubner

If you weren´t an artist, what would you be doing?

Ballet dancer

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

Nature, Bergama


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2014

Liebe ist..., curated by Dr. Helen Adkins, secondhome projects, Berlin

2013

Gretchen in der Stube Part 1 and Part 2, Kunstverein Jahnstraße E. V. , Braunschweig

2010

smart urban stage, 'Die Zukunft der Stadt: Frauen', master student presentation Performance ‚Womans Sculptures are moving', Berlin

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GROUP

2016

Wild Wedding, MONTAGEHALLE, Kunstgalerie Berlin, 30.September -14.November, 2016, Togostr. 79a 13351 Berlin

POPHITS, Palais Breuner, Wien

PIXELS OF IDENTITIES – THE BODY LANGUAGE, BAC Gallery, Bogotá, Kolumbien, curated by Luca Curci

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WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

Essaouira Centre of Contemporary Art

AWARDS

2016, Nomination for the BLOOOM Award by Warsteiner, Köln

2015, Nomination for the BLOOOM Award by Warsteiner, Köln

2012, Essaouira Centre of Contemporary Art, Ifitry artist residence, Morocco

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EDUCATION (detailed)

1998, Diploma, Product design study at the Technical College of Niederrhein/Krefeld

2006, Diploma with Prof. Tristan Pranyko and Roland Schimmelpfennig Postgraduate studies, textile and surface design at Berlin Weissensee School of Art, KHB

2010, Appointed as master student with Prof. Tristan Pranyko, KHB Berlin


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