From Hope to Hunger
June 9-23, 2023
Yellow Tulip, Seyahatnâme. Constantinople, Ottoman Empire, 1630s.
The yellow tulip symbolizes hope and new beginnings.
Evliya Çelebi was a 17th-century Ottoman traveler who wrote a ten-volume travelogue, Seyahatnâme. The volumes detail his travels throughout the Ottoman Empire and beyond. The Evliya Çelebi’s Travelogues series uses AI to recreate passages from his travels.
He describes the Ottoman court’s vast gardens as “Delightful as the garden of Irem, planted with twenty thousand cypresses, planes, weeping-willows, thuyas, pines, and box-trees, and among them many hundred thousands of fruit trees, forming an aviary and tulip-parterre, which to this day may be compared to the garden of the Genii (Jin).”
As an interdisciplinary artist working with photography and design, I explore how power dynamics and influences of identity flatten, amplify, and distort communal narratives and histories. By altering my street photography with mathematical influence, I encapsulate the idea of historical and cultural shifts while leaving documentative remnants.
My work is a part of the permanent Rubell Family Collection, The John Paul Getty III-founded Siena Art Institute Library Collection, and the NFT NYC 2022 Diversity of NFTs Art Collection. I currently live and work in Montenegro.