Aykan Özener’s The Closed Down Spaces.
One of the spaces that represent the foundation of nation-states is the education buildings, primary schools. After 1980, along with the period of eliminating the modernist approaches, specifically village schools were left out. The ambiguous state ideology and utopia made space codes disembodied and meaningless. The camera that focuses on the paradox of this loneliness and nostalgic melancholy captures the reality of the period of the abandoned state-citizen relationship. The perspective that handles the object with a lucid and sharp narration also unveils the presence of the violence and carries it into the present time.
Aykan Özener was born in 1964 in Balıkesir. He graduated from Univeristy of Selçuk, Archeology Department. His master thesis was on Photography Techniques in Archeology Science. He started working on photography in 1983. He became a member of Ankara Photography Artists Society (ASAD) in 1987 and had started his quest on photography. After 1995 he continued to work on photography independently.
He had solo exhibitions, seminars and had his photographs and articles published in various art magazines. He organized Çanakkale Photography Festival. He is an instructor on photography in Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University. He is also the chairman of Pan the editor of Aktüel Arkeoloji Magazine (Archeology).