In this thought-provoking installation, Turkish artist Feleksan Onar’s artistic lens zooms in on the tragedies behind the recent earthquakes that devastated Southeast Turkey and Northern Syria, which resulted in over 55,000 casualties. Onar’s work deals with human displacement, and her creative journey explores the profound impact that political unrest, war and natural disasters have on people.
Onar uses birds as her preferred language, and glass as her ideal medium. Birds serve as symbols of both fragility and strength, and often undergo a similar process of repair and restoration following the effects of natural disasters. Her mold-blown birds mimic a traditional Japanese technique typically used for repairing ceramics. Known as Kintsugi, the technique joins fragments with gold, leaving the cracks visible. Onar associates these cracks with the damage caused by the disaster but, in doing so, emphasises the beauty that arises from transformation and change. Onar uses her glass birds as a contemporary commentary on politics, society and history.