Thursday, January 8, 2009

Bahar Yurukoglu's Museification

Bahar Yurukoglu emailed me recently with some images from the series Museification. As the statement asserts:

"These images focus on the intimate narrative that unfolds in the preserved house museums of historical and cultural icons. I am interested in the transformation of the ordinary object, like a bar of soap or a pillow, to a priceless museum piece and the heavy history it is meant to symbolize. The preservation of a private residence into a public museum creates a space unlike any other, a space that can only exist at that moment in those four walls. By using documents, fragile memories, and a contemporary perspective historians and curators reimagine and memorilize a person and their private space. The personal relics and collected memorabilia anthropomorphize to create a haunting, transcendent and beautiful portrait. By photographing these houses I am exploring a temporal space between past and present, fiction and reality. My photographs look at the role of myth, absence, nostalgia, and memory as it relates to the retelling of history and the human experience."

All photographs form the series Museification

All Images #&169 Bahar Yurukoglu