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Leica Gallery Istanbul will be hosting Ahmet Polat’s solo exhibition “The Myth of Men” with photograph and video integrations between September 8 and December 2. To be held in parallel with the 15th Istanbul Biennale, theme of the solo exhibition will be the masculinity sociology pounded by social gender studies in the last years.

Masculinity sociology adds concepts of masculinity and being a man in the society to the social gender studies that have been focusing mainly on femininity and being a woman in the society. Ahmet Polat approaches to the sense of “masculinity” in the society from different aspects: he focuses on their gestures and even mimics when men find a personal space to get free from characteristics they are attributed, bringing physical and emotional sincerity to the frontline. Photos for the solo exhibition The Myth of Men are mostly taken in the Netherlands, Belgium and Turkey at places such as traditional coffee shops, industrial neighborhoods or barbers where men come together; also, rituals like circumcision ceremonies, traditional wrestling or whirling dervish discipline are included in the project. Preferring new production methods and presentations for the production and presentation stages of his project, Polat uses Leica lenses to produce film from photographs, creating motion pictures with slow-motion photographs rather than acquiring photographs from films. He animates his characters to avoid delusiveness of a single image.

Initiated in the Netherlands and continued in Turkey with interviews and photo shoots, The Myth of Men project is sponsored by Mondriaan Fund and Consulate of the Netherlands in Istanbul, and the solo exhibition consists of a play and speech series. World premiere of the Myth of men will be held in Leica Gallery Istanbul on September 8, while The Myth of Men play is on stage in the Netherlands. As part of parallel events during the exhibition, speeches on masculinity sociology will take the stage in Leica Gallery Istanbul.

Featuring story in addition to the visual representation at his projects that have characteristics of a documentary, Ahmet Polat prefers to understand and describe people from different geographies bearing different identities, as he did with his projects Dark Moon, Kemal’s Dream and A Bridge Too Far exhibited in various countries. He has the characters in his stories invite him into their personal lives, focusing on the person rather than what can be seen. He goes deeper beginning from their social status and identities down to their relationship with city, ways of living and sustaining their traditions and personal perspectives.

“The Myth of Men” solo exhibition can be visited any day except Mondays between September 8 and December 2, 2017 at Leica Gallery Istanbul in Bomontiada.

Ahmet Polat

Born in 1978, Turkish-Dutch photographer Ahmet Polat graduated from St. Joost Academy, the Netherlands and continued his carrier in Istanbul and the Netherlands. Polat became the first Turkish photographer to win the “Young Photographer” award at the 22th Infinity Awards organized by the International Center of Photography (ICP), the most important photography institution in the world. His book “Kemal’s Dream” was introduced at the Unseen Amsterdam Fair in 2012. In 2013, he was nominated for the Dutch Doc Award –the most comprehensive photography award in the Netherlands– with “Kemal’s Dream” and “Esmer Ay”. He was granted the “Photography Ambassador of the Netherlands” title by the FOTOWEEK Photography Festival organized nationally in the Netherlands. Ahmet Polat has held various solo exhibitions at galleries, museums and biennales in different cities of the Netherlands and Turkey, and attended group exhibitions and fairs since 2001. Polat has shot advertising and fashion photographs for international magazines including Vogue Turkey and France, Harper’s Bazaar, Paris Match, Marie Claire, New York Times, Quest and Vice.

His solo exhibitions include “Kayapinar’da Sessizlik” (Dorts Museum, the Netherlands, 2001), “Ev Rüyalarımı Bıraktığım Yerdir” (Karşı Sanat, Istanbul, 2003; Museum of Painting and Sculpture, Ankara, Turkey, 2004), “Eski Ülke, Yeni Ülke” (Photo Museum The Hague, the Netherlands, 2004), “Değişimi Kabullenmek” (x-ist, Istanbul, 2005), “Sadece Davetliler” (x-ist, Istanbul, 2006), “Ne Orada, Ne Burada” (Breda Photography Biennale, 2008), “Kemal’s Dream” (FOAM, Amsterdam, 2010; DEPO, Istanbul, 2012), “The Other Kemal” (x-ist, Istanbul, 2014), “A Bridge Too Far”(x-ist, Istanbul, 2016) and “Imagine Istanbul”; group exhibitions include “Fluorescent Adolescent” (7th International Photography Biennale, the Netherlands, 2010), “In what language shall I tell you my story?” (Stedelijk Schiedam, the Netherlands, 2012), “Modern Turkey” (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2012), “Istanbul Modern - Bahrain” (Bahrain National Museum, Bahrain, 2013), “On the Move” (Stedelijk Amsterdam, 2014) and “Imagine Istanbul” (Bozar, Brussels, 2015).

Ahmet Polat “The Myth of Men”

08.09.2017 - 02.12.2017

Leica Gallery Istanbul

Tarihi Bomonti Bira Fabrikası,
Birahane Sok., No:1/C
Bomonti, Sisli 34380
Istanbul, Turkey

Phone: +90 212 230 8898

Opening hours:
Tuesday - Sunday 11.00 am - 7.00 pm
Monday closed