aikaterini gegisian & 

fatma çiftçi 

beethoven vs. chopin;
transandantal aşka doğru

beethoven vs. chopin;

towards transcendental love

Fatma Çiftçi and Aikaterini Gegisian will discuss the links between their individual and collaborative projects. They will focus on a work entitled Beethoven vs Chopin funded by the Artist’s International Development Fund (Arts Council England and British Council).

Beethoven VS Chopin is a short film collage constructed out of fragments of two films that share the same plot: To pio labro asteri (The most bright star), a musical produced in Greece in 1967, which was transformed into a romance, entitled Kara Gözlüm (The black-eyed one) and produced in Turkey in 1970. The two films are juxtaposed with a third film, Some Like it Hot, a comedy produced in Hollywood in 1959.

Although the Greek and Turkish films are led by two strong female stars that highlight the position of the working woman active in the pubic sphere, the short collage film focuses instead on their male protagonists that go by the nicknames of Beethoven and Chopin. In an attempt to avoid deconstructing once again the way the female body has been represented in popular cinema, Beethoven VS Chopin is concerned with a questioning of gender relationships through the exploration of masculinity from the point of view of two female artists.

Aikaterini Gegisian

Aikaterini Gegisian lives and works between the UK and Greece. Her multi-faceted work explores how images operating within a global media environment that shapes the conscious and unconscious contain new possibilities for thought. In 2015 she was one of the exhibiting artists at the Armenian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, which received the Golden Lion for best national participation. In 2014 she completed a PhD at the University of Westminster (London) and was a Visiting Scholar-Artist at the University of Penn- sylvania (USA). Her work was presented at recent survey exhibitions including 6th Moscow Biennale (Russia), 3rd Mardin Biennale (Turkey), 2nd Tallin Photomonth (Estonia), 1st Thessaloniki Biennale (Greece) and 6th Gyumri Biennale (Armenia). 

Fatma Çiftçi

​Turkey (b. 1981 in Amasya)
Currently in İstanbul, Turkey.
Political and traditional issues, which I face in everyday life turn into ironical and humorous statements in my art by reconstructions of found images and objects.​