SS AYRFIELD - Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemüle paper

SS AYRFIELD - Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemüle paper

The Empire Project, in collaboration with artSümer, is pleased to announce Emin Altan’s solo exhibition titled “Chaosmos” between 9 November and 15 December at the artsümer galery in Karaköy.

Altan’s lens lays out scenes of destructive transformations from various parts of the globe such as the Aral Sea which has become a desert due to agricultural politics in Kazakhstan, the city of Detroit transformed in to a ghost town as a result of the United States inability to keep up with the demands of global competitive automative industries, as well as abandoned slate mine’s in Wales, England that have lost their utility and are now graveyards for automobiles. At the same time the artist, through his photographs, takes his visitors to abandoned coal mines in Iwate, Japan that have been unable to upkeep with global competition, to Namibia once colonised by the German Empire, to the abandoned diamond mines in Kollmanskop and to a mental hospital in Northern Italy that was forced shut due to human rights violations, the work in turn confronts it’s viewers to face similar realities that occur globally. Traces of Chernobyl, USSR and the nuclear disasters in Fukushima, Japan as well as the cold war in former Yugoslavia are also clearly laid out within Altan’s photographs. 

The series presents the incessant ambition to dominate nature and the ‘other’, as well as humans that have gone blind to not only the function of nature where they reside but also to one another which helps illustrate a process where humans eventually provoke and are the perpetrator of their own extinction. “Chaosmos” deviates from being a documentary project that focuses on the traces of post- Industrial Revolution depression and the eventual destruction that followed and encourages it’s viewers to face a dystopian installation that was created with a subjective point of view and personal observation. 

Emin Altan was born in 1962 in Çanakkale. The artist, who began his career as a ship engineer, took a radical decision to complete his twenty-five-year career with a world tour of five years, thus he began to write a visual story in which he looked for traces of his childhood among the ruins of collapsed civilizations. Interested in photography since the '90s and producing projects in this field, Altan joined IFSAK and Photography Foundation aiming to connect Turkish photographers with international photography circles. He took part in international photography festivals regulatory bodies. ”To learn to take better photographs“, he joined Anders Petersen's workshops. Eight years after the completion of his “Life Sciences” workshop, he started shooting. The artist continues his practice in Istanbul. 

Emin Altan


09 Nov - 15 Dec 2018