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Marc Quinn's The Sleep of Reason Exhibit References Goya & Questions Our Reality

Less than a year ago the famed İstiklal Street of Istanbul stood witness to the acts of Turkish republican history’s most violent government terror. Today where millions once united against one tyrant and where some peaceful demonstrators lost their eyes against inhuman police brutality, Arter — one of İstanbul’s most prestigious spaces for contemporary art — hosts Marc Quinn’s first solo exhibition in Turkey called The Sleep of Reason.  

In fact, the title of the exhibition references Francisco Goya’s etching The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (from the series of aquatint plates entitled Los Caprichos, 1799). In the etching, Goya pictures himself sleeping, surrounded by monsters and nightmares — the products of his own imagination. Departing from its moral and historical context, The Sleep of Reason proposes an extension of our perception towards the realm of the invisible by connecting the particular to the universal and challenging our framing of reality.

Rana Babac

In the last 10 years, Rana Babaç has held different executive positions in both media and entertainment industries. From managing marcom activities of a portfolio of international media and luxury brands (incl. Walt Disney, Land Rover, Hilton and ViaCom) at Grayling International's Turkey office, to playing a pivotal role in organizing international sports events such as Redbull Air Race 2007,...(Read More)

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