“State Painting” is part of the exhibition “Istanbul Eindhoven Saltvanabbe”, Salt Beyoğlu, 27.01-06.04.2012
Özlem Günyol and Mustafa Kunt are questioning the models of identities being shaped by passports, borders and other formal categorizing symbols. Airports are simulating the illusion of a global identity, while some individuals are limited by borders all the time. Specially the passport is getting a symbol for mobility or stagnation for its carrier.
In the paperwork collection “state paintings” the artists are using items of passport as figures in their graphic works. The stamps for example are getting a decor, a pattern suddenly. They are purified to a simple abstract figure, freed from their originally limiting functions.
Özlem Günyol and Mustafa Kunt were born in Ankara in 1977 und 1978. They studied at the Sculpture Department of Hacetepe University. Since 2001 Özlem Günyol studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. Mustafa Kunt was moving to Hessen in Germany as well. He started studying at the Johannes Gutenberg Universiy in Mainz first and continued at the art academy Städelschule in Frankfurt in 2003.They graduated in 2006 and 2008.