LIGHTLESS EYES


Depicting eyes exposed to some sort of trauma, over-stimulated to the point of damage, this work makes us see into the eye rather than the other way around. The eye itself turns into a spectacle, at some point evolving into a stimulating abstraction barely resembling the vision apparatus itself.

Made of hundreds of macroscopic images collected from medical archives belonging real patients, the viewer also finds himself/herself in the observant gaze of those patients. The spectator- spectacle relationship turns out to be challenging to identify clearly. The question becomes is it us (the viewer) in control seeing deep into the flesh and scars of those people or is it the gaze of hundreds of anonymous people that in a collective aggression manage to leave a scar on our eyes.

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© Doruk Kumkumoğlu - 2020
© Doruk Kumkumoğlu - 2021