PLACEBO EFFECT

SOLO EXHIBITION AT OPERATION ROOM

APRIL 25 - MAY 10, 2016

Inspired by the name of the Istanbul gallery, Operation Room, and its unique location in a medical complex, Ali Cabbar explores what he sees as a placebo effect ˗title of the show˗ and how it plays out in politics, contemporary art and sports where it reveals the polarization in Turkish society. In witty works, he updates Robert Indiana's iconic “Love” with a social-media twist, changing it to “Like,” and in another he pays homage to one of his favorite artist, Magritte.

One of the works in the show titled “The Other Side of the Pain” is a stark reminder of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The man depicted is the artist himself, and the dates on the medal, written in Ottoman numerals, are 1915-2015. The work, a print on canvas, recalls the Orientalist portraits of medal-laden Ottoman statesmen and generals from the 19th century who shaped the country’s history.