Esin Turan

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Turkish-born Esin Turan holds degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ankara and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where she lives and works. Her art focuses on femininity as a socio-sexual construction, as in the photographic work Livata, where the artist deals with homosexuality and the tension surrounding it not only through the eyes of religion, but also as a social issue within the Muslim world. By combining two symbolic textiles – the rainbow flag and the black hijab – into a single piece of clothing worn by a man, Turan engages the complex and often obscured themes of gender and sexual identity in Islam.


Livata, 2009
Photograph mounted on aluminium
Courtesy the artist