LIGHT ON: Emel Karakozak’s series BUDDING
Emel Karakozak was born in Mut/Turkey in 1974. Her adventure in photography was started in high school years and later was matured who participated in many group exhibitions, received awards in various national and international competitions and also was jury member in many photography competitions.
According to her words about her work: “Visuallity is my predominant side… I have been used photo language and I love this phrase. Maybe it does not contain letters, brushes and hammer blows but it has a scene and fiction in its own world… Neither nature nor people; has a integrity and continuity formed by a continuous chain. Everything is aimed to understand the whole. Life and death which described at the same time in my bipolar photography is a example of my hybrid expression.”
Living in Adana, Emel Karakozak is the first woman in Turkey who has EFIAP/g title and who opened first personal exhibition “Lotus” in 2010 in Adana Sabancı Fine Art Gallery. She opened her second personal exhibition opened in Istanbul Artgalerim. She also worked in 2012 Art Bosphorus Contemporary Art Fair, 2011 Contemporary Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair, 2011 Art Bosphorus Contemporary Art Fair. Her works were took place in Hacettepe Art Museum and BAKSI Art Museum and also in London Saatci Gallery and in Romantic Bad Rehburg Museum and in Steyerberger Rathaus Vittebsk/Belarus Center for Contemporary Art , Cultural Center of the Divina and Museum of Kreises.
She worked at Artgalerim Nişantası Art Gallery as a photograhp artist for 3 years and she contunies her carrieer as photograph artist at Artgalerim Bebek Art Gallery and Lust Auf Kunst Art Gallery.
She works as a federation delegate and federation in TFSF (Turkish Federation of Photographic Art).
Explaining her series of works BUDDING, she said: “Woman is a being through which man feel connected to nature as woman is very similar to nature in birth-giving and life-blooming characteristics.
That is why many languages use the term of “mother nature” while referring to nature. Since she is the bridge between life and man, and the forgiving despite all. She is able to recreate herself and that is the source to her characteristics. Woman not only causes a miracle by giving birth, but also has the ability to reconstitute herself spiritually. And she fulfills this by putting herself into the center.
And yet “Budding“, the exhibition by Emel Karakozak depicts these characteristics of woman using all the aesthetic and composition figures of photography. Though the word “budding” reminds us of the “body” in English, it means “reproduction, regain of life, regeneration of a cell“.
Images courtesy of Emel Karakozak.