Dear Serkan, 2018
letters, inkjet print

Dear Serkan reflects Serkan Ozkaya’s series Dear Sir or Madam (1996-2004) onto Ozkaya, to see how the artist would respond to their own institutional critique years later. The original project consisted of correspondence between Ozkaya and cultural institutions and curators. He presented earnest but absurd proposals which were usually met with generic responses and inaction. Dear Serkan uses the same medium and methodologies, incorporating portions of the letters sent by Ozkaya himself. However as the dialogue progressed, Ozkaya’s willingness to engage led to the actualization of the proposal. Unable to replicate the failure present in the original project, Dear Serkan lies in a space between success and failure.

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