Mehmet Turkmen, a painter, believes an artist’s greatest challenge is finding their own unique path. Breaking free from societal biases and personal prejudices is crucial to achieve true artistic vision. Painting, to Mehmet, involves embracing weaknesses and confronting contradictions, just as life does. He observed resistance to light among some peers, representing archaic perspectives. His masters taught him that painting is a journey of self-awareness and discovery. Intuition and emotions, rather than analytical reasoning, guide his introspective exploration. Inspired by artists like Titian, Rubens, Velazquez, Rembrandt, and Manet, Mehmet creates works that delve into human essence and meaning, using paint and brush. Remaining true to himself, he disregards popularity, striving for originality and connection with like-minded souls. Mehmet aims to capture the human experience profoundly and expressively. At the beginning of his artistic journey, his determination to explore contrasts and emotions promises a meaningful future in the art world.
1/1 Exhibition : Near
“NEAR,” the debut exhibition at Zemin Berlin, showcased the remarkable works of Turkish artists and residents, marking their first appearance in the German capital. Centered around the theme of distance and human connection, the exhibition resonated deeply with visitors. Through diverse mediums, including paintings, sculptures, installations, and multimedia art, the artists explored the complexities of closeness and unity. Due to the challenges posed by COVID-19, “NEAR” took an innovative approach, becoming an online exhibition/screening event. Art enthusiasts could experience the artistry from the comfort of their homes, with live music sets streamed from Zemin Berlin. Despite the physical distance, the event called for a cross-cultural dialogue, bridging the gap between Berlin and Turkey. The exhibition’s success stimulated conversations and inspired a sense of interconnectedness. It left a lasting impact on the artistic community, further solidifying Zemin Berlin’s position as a leading platform for international artistic dialogue and enriching the global cultural fabric.