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“I, the Other and the Big Other”

mars 22, 2019

The exhibition features the works of 20 artists, with among others mounir fatmi, Ali Kazma & Jhafis Quintero, from Agah Uğur‘s precious collection that are produced through the male and female images in various continents, cultures and times through the 2000’s.

The title of the exhibition refers to the French psychoanalyst and philosopher Jacques Lacan’s statement. “I, the Other and the Big Other”, which are the concepts Lacan has created, exist between the conscious and the subconscious which are constructed and constantly reproduced within Imaginary and Symbolic processes, as fragmented forms. However, or for this very reason, “I” (the subject) experiences an illusion of a structural wholeness in Lacan’s theories. As Lacan indicates, the main purpose of psychoanalysis is not to fix the “I”s non-existing wholeness but to provide it, and to make the subject realize its structural condition. According to Lacan, I (the subject) is always assuming the existence of ‘an other’. In order to sustain the existence of “I”, there is the need for “the mirror stage” which gives the child the opportunity to see him/herself as the other. In the mirror or in concrete incarnations of “the Other” (parents, siblings, other children etc.), (and which creates the illusion of the wholeness of a reflected body); “the Other” is the foundation of the “I” in the imaginary level. As Lacan suggested, this fundamental “Other”, is the “small Other”. On the other hand, the “Big Other” is the embodiment of the symbolical order itself. It is not a side, but a total of the determinants of the presentation that exists within the symbolical order mingled with inconsistencies. “The Big Other” is the position where we see ourselves as who we really desire to be.“The Big Other” is also assumed to be a whole, but since it is fragmented and formed around a structural absence, it is the area where desire forms. This area is the order which represents the wholeness of the symbolical order for the subject such as the State, God, Law etc.

Although the performances of male and female artists in the videos are all produced in different continents, cultures, times and spaces, this exhibition claims that these performances include some sort of a mutuality or contrast, a conservation or a discussion. The ideological and conceptual contexts of the videos encourage the audience to examine and decode the male and female identities within the present social, political and economic order.

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