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Aslıhan Güçlü
Defeat of Adam
Statement: The patriarchal discourse that dates all the way from ancient civilisations has never held back fro defining and forming the woman. Women are either sinful or pure; distinguished from men as clearly as black or white, or night and day. The chaos mentioned at the birth of the universe consist of masculine and feminine forces and it creates them simultaneously. The first narrative where women are subjected to gender inequality, the story of Adam and Lilith is chosen fort the purpose of emphasising a feminine force that is segregate and cursed even by her creator. Defeat of Adam is a reference to the first disobedience and rebellion against the image of the feeble woman, who is effaced, subjugated, ignored and forced into servitude. Cursed for her defence of her equality, the image of the woman attempts to legitimate and enforce the transition from a matriarchal structure into a patriarchal one. Referencing to Lilith as a matriarchal archetype, the work represents in the collective memory the trace of the feminine discourse that defeats the masculine discourse against its the dissection of the body and the image of the woman.
Aslıhan Güçlü was born in Ankara in 1978. She completed bachelor degrees on classical archaeology at Ege University and on photography at Dokuz Eylül University. She's currently studying at graduate level at the Department of Art and Design at Dokuz Eylül University Institute of Fine Arts.