14 JANUARY – 10 FEBRUARY 2017 /// ÇAĞLA CABAOĞLU ART GALLERY
The first solo exhibition of Hasan Cem Araptarlı, titled “Water World”, met the art lovers between January 14 and February 10, 2017 at Çağla Cabaoğlu Gallery.
The artist, who received different prizes such as NEUTRAL DENSITY PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2016, “1ST PLACE & GOLD STAR AWARD” and INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2016, “HONORABLE MENTION” for his book ‘’Water World’’ published in 2016, presented in his first solo exhibition some of the photographs included in his book, depicting the lives of communities living on water at various parts of Myanmar, Cambodia and Malaysia, totally contrary to the contemporary world we are living in.
Hasan Cem Araptarlı described the exhibition briefly in his own words as follows:
“How can people who have nothing be happier than me?” Asking this question, he creates the blessed doubt in our souls. A doubt that our lives cannot be all that is offered to us by the decision makers. Pictures reflecting the simple lives of people living on water in various parts of Myanmar, Cambodia and Malaysia onto our modern lives, whose frames we build around our endless ambitions…
Hasan Cem Araptarlı narrates with his photographs topics such as the complexity of life offered us by modern world system, man estranging, solitude, happiness, freedom.