Bingöl’s fragile clay objects are often broken or only partially fired and glazed, embracing mistakes and accidents that occur during the process of making. The action of rebuilding after such faults has become Bingöl’s metaphor for the continued disintegration and reconstruction of cultural traditions and heritage.
Bingöl draws on the rich ceramic history of her homeland of Turkey, a region geographically sited at the gateway between eastern and western ‘worlds’. Her ceramics extend the fluid exchange of imagery, ideas, people and goods that has occurred throughout history, both preserving and disrupting time-held eastern traditions and later western, modern influences.
Burçak Bingöl, born 1976 in Görele and raised in Ankara, lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. Tate St Ives (UK) and the SAHA Association (Istanbul, Turkey) are delighted to work in partnership, creating residency and exhibition opportunities for Turkish artists that build awareness in the UK of contemporary art from Turkey.