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At room temperature

  • 2002-2003
  • Aydan Murtezaoglu
  • colour photograph
  • 124,8 x 179,7 cm
  • Location VAM, B2, 04, 00
  • Acquired in 2007
  • Inventory number 2879

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Description At room temperature

The woman in the photo is Aydan Murtezaoglu. Standing with her back to the audience, she looks over the city of Istanbul and smokes a cigarette. The window is open, and the viewer can see smoke emerging from the city’s many chimneys. This is not a self-portrait, but rather an image she wants to share with us. Interpretation depends on the spectator’s social and cultural background, available information, and questions. What does the image of a smoking woman at an open window in winter say? And does the fact that Istanbul is a largely Islamic city, contributes to our interpretation of the image, or does it confirm our prejudices?


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