Stage & Rehearsal  2012

Stage & Rehearsal

Stage

Installation view, Arter, Istanbul, 2012

Stage & Rehearsal

Stage I, Sapphire Green

Installation view, Arter, Istanbul, 2012
Aluminium rod and artificial hair, H 282 × W 325 cm

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Stage II, Salt and Pepper

Installation view, Arter, Istanbul, 2012
Aluminium rod and artificial hair, H 254 × W 325 cm

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Stage III, Platinum Blonde

Installation view, Arter, Istanbul, 2012
Aluminium rod and artificial hair, H 235 × W 340 cm

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Stage IV, Marron with Copper Red Strands

Installation view, Arter, Istanbul, 2012
Aluminium rod and artificial hair, H 280 × W 290 cm

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Stage V, Scarlet Red

Installation view, Arter, Istanbul, 2012
Aluminium rod and artificial hair, H 278 × W 290 cm

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Stage VI, Brunette with Light Blue

Installation view, Arter, Istanbul, 2012
Aluminium rod and artificial hair, H 248 × W 340 cm

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Rehearsal I

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal II

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal III

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal IV

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal V

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal VI

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal VII

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal VIII

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal IX

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal X

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal XI

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal XII

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal XIII

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal XIV

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal XV

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal XVI

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal XVII

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal XVIII

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal XIX

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Rehearsal XX

Aluminium rod and artificial hair
W 50 cm, variable length​​

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Stage transforms Arter’s third floor into an open performance area composed of stage units. These units consist of approximately three-metre-long hairpieces produced using artificial hair of varying colours.


Their scale is adapted to that of the exhibition space, which reminds the viewer simultaneously both of a hairstyle enlarged to the scale of a real stage curtain and of stage curtains made out of hair Aladağ gave each of these stages names such as Stage I, Sapphire Green that resemble sample titles in artificial hair catalogues. 


Although she refrained from providing clues regarding the gender of the Stages, each of these might be perceived as female characters since long and well-coiffed hair immediately suggests the assumption of a female bearer. On the other hand, the artificiality of the material casts a shadow over any possible inferences the viewer may carry out on the basis of their models and colours. The exhibition space becomes an open performance area where the visitor can adopt the position of the viewer or take a further step to become the one staged and perform the character/stage they feel familiar with.


Stage cannot be easily classified as sculpture, installation or performance. While the title conjures up a performance stage or the idea of staging, the work also refers to the idea of gender identity through its material and form. Nevin Aladağ thus opens a space in which the viewer can reconsider the performative aspect of gender and actively take the stage to perform.