Unbiased Gate

Unbiased Gate, 2011

Hande Varsat

Sinopale 4, “Wisdom of Shadow: Art in the Era of Corrupted Information”
Curator: Işın Önol

Both sides of this curtain are made of fragmented mirror surfaces that are patterned after traditional Turkish lacework. The tulip pattern simultaneously obstructs and reveals the fragmented sight, referring to society’s visual and erratic relationship to the problematic process of transformation, sometimes called modernization or westernization. When approached, the patterns dissolve into spaces, reflections, and new optical relationships. Images of the self are fragmented. Through the lacework’s holes, disjointed images of the other appear penetrating and mutating the self-image as well as the image of the other. This is not an iron curtain but a lace curtain of reflection between inescapably transforming peoples.