|Pieces of My Mind
|20 March 2014 to 20 April 2014
Director: Ferhat Yeter, Binnaz Gül Yeter
The name Flóra Borsi has been causing a stir in the art press a lot recently and for good reason. Pushing the medium of image manipulation to exciting new levels, this 20 year old Hungarian artist’s evocatively titled exhibition 'Pieces Of My Mind' at ART350 in Istanbul, Turkey, unsurprisingly opened to a furor of excitement on the 20th of March and will be on view until the 20th of April, 2014.
In our digital age, images are regularly manipulated beyond recognition, whether it be in the form of a picture that's been re-worked to shock and go viral, or fashion photography molded to meet modern perceptions of what constitutes beauty. Usually however, commercially driven uses of image manipulation are not always perceived as having particularly positive objectives. That said, the results of this evolving practice are often impressive if viewed on a purely aesthetic or skill based level. Manipulated images such as these have proved to be most confounding in the hands of talented young artist Flóra Borsi, a graduate of theMoholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. In manipulating images to explore beyond the physical, she looks at replication, perceptions, identity, emotions and consciousness by working an image beyond expectations and raw form.
Although image manipulation is the practice of obscuring an image to show what you want rather than what existed in its 'pure' form, Flóra Borsi is a talented photographer who aims to visualize the physically impossible and to communicate emotions, dreams and humor. The result is art that feels organic despite stemming from a practice that is particularly purposeful and directional. With her art showcasing how advancements in technology can be utilised by the creative mind to create images that stimulate beyond everyday realms of thinking, Borsi is opening up opportunities to question perceptions and the way that we consume seemingly disambiguate visualisations.
Images are regularly manipulated to look better; Flóra Borsi's on the other hand, are aesthetically comforting whilst offering an obscurity whereby her images offer a polarity – creating an equally alluring and unsettling effect as a result. Her commitment to exploring new ideas are both palpable and personal, as she explains, ''Using myself as a model makes it easier for me to express my ideas and fantasies, even if it means working until 2am.'' And it is this passion and evolving vision that is unequivocally present in the multiple depths of her images.
Flóra Borsi’s purpose of offering the physically impossible is in contrast to the more common intention which is to make the viewer believe in its impossibility as possible. She doesn't just offer a new reality but rather an exploration of perception that encourages new questions and possible understandings. This results in a much more exciting endeavourer for the practice of pushing an image beyond its original form and is the reason why she has already captured so many people's imaginations and interest.