Serhat Kiraz: The Cult (1990)

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The artwork «The Cult» was created during the 2nd Art Symposium (1990), the theme of which was «A New Mediterranean Cultural Identity»

Turkish artist Serhat Kiraz (born 1954) brings different sacred symbols from easter cultures into the contemporary visual scene of the West and combines them in a masterful way, overcoming obvious difficulties of how to interpret these symbols, in order to create works of art which go beyond a mere symbolic reading. “The Cult” is indicative of the artist’s expression. It is a complex composition of heterogeneous symbols -Sumerian, Assyrian, Sasanian and Mesopotamian, from religions and cultures forgotten or having lost their identity. The pyramid form empasises the mystical character of the work, as it creates multiple associations with the sacred element. Thus, Kiraz creates a piece which functions a temple, protruding from the earth to reach the sky and shine in the sunlight.


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