Hera Büyüktaşçıyan Write injuries on sand and kindness on marble

On the erasure of identity

By Rahel Aima

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, The Relic, 2016, wood, bronze and marble mosaic, 136 x 20 cm. Courtesy the artist and Green Art Gallery, Dubai

Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 13 March – 6 May There’s a funny, lukewarm stillness to this show, like looking at your feet in a fast-cooling bath. It’s hushed without feeling sacralised, and tepid in an earnest kind of way: a small, shy smile of a show that beguiles even as it frustrates. But when you approach the kinetic sculpture Chanting if I live, Forgetting it I die (2017), a centipede of stained marble and weathered wood, something shifts. Sensing your presence,…

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