Episode 8: Pinar Yolaçan


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Pinar Yolaçan was born and raised in Turkey, went to fashion school in London, and studied sculpture and photography at Cooper Union in New York City.  Her work examines gender, power, and colonialism through a process she likens to anthropology. In this episode, we discuss her various series, such as “Like a Stone”, “Mother Goddess”, “Maria”, and “Perishables”, and what led her, in each, to create portraits in which subjects are adorned with unconventional garments such as paint, full-body jumpsuits, and slabs of raw meat. Most recently, Yolaçan visited the Kayapó tribe in the Brazilian Amazon, and learned from their most outspoken female leader, Tuire, the example of resistance against all odds.

People, places and things mentioned: Anya Gallacio, Leigh Bowery, BBW (Big Beautiful Women), Venus of Willendorf, Julia Kristeva, Çanakkale, Itaparica Island, PEC 215, Belo Monte Dam . . . 

Untitled from “Perishables” series,  32″ x 40″, C-Print, 2001 (1), Untitled from “Perishables” series, 32″ x 40″, C-Print, 2004


Untitled from “Maria” series, 32″ x 40″, C-Print, 2007 (2)


Untitled from “Mother Goddess” series, 45″ x 60″, C-Print, 2009


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Boro, Lambda print, 20″ x 18″, 2009


Untitled from “Like a Stone” series, 40″ x 60″, C-Print, 2011

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