Hera Büyüktaşçıyan locates the figure of the other between the twinned spectres of absence and invisibility in order to weave connections between identity, memory, space and time. She works as a storyteller, integrating metaphors from local myths, historic and iconographic elements of different geographies to open up new narrative scopes. Water is a recurring theme in her practice, referring to what the artist understands as the fluid, aquatic nature of memory. Her most recent works enquire into the meaning of 'absence' within collective memory. There is a focus on urban transformation and the disappearance, invisibility and sense of isolation it causes.
Büyüktaşçıyan was born in Istanbul in 1984, and graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting department in 2006. Past residencies include Delfina Foundation, London, UK (2014); Villa Waldberta, Munich, Germany (2012–13); AIRDrop, Stockholm, Sweden (2012); PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, Istanbul, Turkey (2012); and ACSL, Yerevan, Armenia (2011).
Selected exhibitions include: On Threads and Frequencies, GIGANTISME, Dunkirk, France (2019); Solo exhibition at Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2019); That is Water, This is Earth, curated by Mari Spirito, Marfa’ Projects, Beirut, Lebanon (2018); School Square Galatasaray, curated by curated by Celenk Bafra, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey (2018); Chasing a Coin: Signs, Traces and Stories, Yapi Kredi Culture and Art, Istanbul, Turkey (2018); Planetary Planning, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2018); Doublethink: Double vision, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey (2017); Write Injuries on Sand and Kindness in Marble, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2017); All The Light We Cannot See, Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey (2017);Freundschaftsspiel Istanbul: Freiburg, Musum fur Neue Kunst, Germany (2016); A Particular Scenario, Scenario II, The Optometry Room, Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2016); Let Us Cultivate Our Garden, Cappadox Festival, Cappadocia, Turkey (2016); Still (the) Barbarians, EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick, Ireland (2016); 1497, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2016); If you can’t go through the door, go through the window, ALT Art space, Istanbul, Turkey (2016); Es war einmal ein Land (Once There was a Country), Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany (2015); Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury, MAXXI, Rome, Italy (2015); GRANDCHILDREN, New geographies of belonging, DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey (2015); Saltwater, Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2015); Armenity, Armenian Pavillion, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2015); A Century of Centuries, SALT ULUS, Ankara, Turkey (2015); Fishbone, State of Concept, Athens, Greece (2015); The Jerusalem Show, Jerusalem (2014); The Land Across the Blind, Galeri Mana, Istanbul, Turkey (2014); In Situ, PiST///, Istanbul, Turkey (2013); Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment, ARTER, Istanbul, Turkey (2013); Blur, Weltraum, Munich, Germany (2012); Reflecting on Reflection, Galeri Mana, Istanbul, Turkey (2012); Looking for Somewhere to Land, Stockholm, Sweeden (2012); The Afternoon Odyssey, SALT, Istanbul, Turkey (2012); Worthy Hearts, Yerevan, Armenia (2011).
She lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey.