You Know Who
Co-curated by Brigitte Pitarakis and Selen Ansen, the exhibition that explores the representation of the unknown in contemporary art takes its cue from the Byzantine imagery related to the supernatural and the uncanny. The English title of the exhibition, which is translated from the vernacular Turkish expression ‘ismi lâzım değil’ (that whose name is unnecessary to mention), conveys the elusiveness of the unknown, by explaining nothing, defining nothing: “You Know Who” is a name that does not name yet delivers the unnameable.
Focusing on the fascination and the fear of the unknown, “You Know Who” puts contemporary artworks into perspective with ancient iconographic and textual sources, tracing the survival, migration and transformation of forms, beliefs and representations throughout history.
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