Each Moment is a Portal, 2019
in The Seventh Continent, 16th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey
curated by Nicolas Bourriaud
In her site-specific installations Özlem Altın repurposes narratives and rearranges them into new ones. Many of these stories are concerned with the human body, which she sees as a site of transfer, communication, resonance, reflection and feedback. Our bodies, she notes, are constantly informing us and signifying to us, and the sense of touch is a crucial aspect of communication. Her new work, which emphasises moments of ‘passage’, also takes up the notion of portals: sites that open up to other sites. She has said that the body is itself a portal, and that one aspect of portals is that they require an element of surrender.