artist: Ali Cabbar
venue: Yapi Kredi Art Center
coordinates: Istanbul, 2012
Red Passage is a project that assimilates a critical approach to the power politics, values, hopes, sanctions, restrictions, and beliefs that surround us. Red Passage raises important issues from the current socio-political situations in Turkey. In this project, Ali Cabbar has produced faceless icons based on the acquiescing of these values.
In Red Passage, Cabbar graphically renders the relationship between life and death. He links the acceptance and legitimization of death to the exploitation of these values. The artist’s symbolically embellished icons are put into words sometimes through blood, through a flag, at times with a border, and sometimes with conviction.