To Dream, to Collect


Yasemin Öncü

1990 Edmonton Alberta, Canada

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Yasemin Öncü is an artist/painter based in Istanbul, Turkey. She was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1990, and later moved to Ankara, Turkey at age six. She received her BA in Visual Arts from Sabanci University, Turkey in 2012 and received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Masters in Art, Media and Design, OCAD University, Toronto ON in 2016.

Yasemin Öncü's works ‘demonstrate’ how one can artistically subvert all kinds of moral degradation associated with the demonization of other. In her works, as a first-hand witness to recent dramatic political events involving excessive cruelty, she often uses the monster as a metaphor to problematize clash of extremes by introducing it as a third party to antagonistic conflicts of various kinds. The monsters resist any classification built on hierarchic dual oppositions, and thereby confront any categorization based on moral judgment.

The monsters and monster-like figures, which incorporate fear, desire, anxiety and fantasy, are beyond good and evil. They are the mirrors into which the viewers look to see their unconscious as if they are reading their dreams, which are, although sometimes wonderful, often cruel.  

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