“Modern Art” Interview in Bogazici, 2010
Kerem Ozan Bayraktar ( Istanbul, 1984)
Ezgi Ferek, Bogazici University, ezgi.ferek@boun.edu.tr
Translate by Nazlı Cemile Karadeniz, Boğaziçi University, nazlicemilek@hotmail.com
Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, born in Istanbul 1984, graduated from Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty Painting Major in 2007. Bayraktar, who has staged his first personal exhibition in 2009, lives in London.
Ezgi Ferek: There are different types of subjects like videos, photographs, paintings among your work of arts. How do you formulate these subjects and the materials with your motifs?
Kerem Ozan Bayraktar : Although artists consider the materials with their own perspectives, each material has their own undeniable historical memories and systems. For instance, oil paint on canvas is not only a common rendition surface. It is about the European limning traditions and thereby the way of comprehending the world beyond that tradition.  If the theme in which I am interested in parallel with this point (or fraying tension adversely) then I pick that material. My passion about photography is all because i am interested in death, to give a case in point.
 Ezgi Ferek: What is the effect of technology in your life? Can we say that only technology matters forming the images which are created completely in computer environment, addressing the “Hospital”?
Kerem Ozan Bayraktar: I will answer this question, considering that you mean the usage of the current technical progress. First and foremost, i use it for work. There are sometimes that i have problems with technology in my works but it is in the background for me, compared to the artists who work in new media field. The deceiving magical part of the technologhy attracts my attention and this is an old story we all know from artists-magicians myth.  There are considerable reasons of my producing the hospital pictures completely in computer environment. It was not my goal to show “it is possible to produce photographs by computer” but was pointing out the relation between reproducibility and documentary function of photography.
Ezgi Ferek:  What kind of things you see in your life affects you and achieve? For instance, fears in disguise, completely same search for hope (as in your installation video work Man with kite)
Kerem Ozan Bayraktar : Yes, I am interested in the feelings as fear but the more common feelings are the nice days of the past and having the hope for the future… In that case, I think I am more familiar with the disappointment, the feeling of emptiness or loneliness as in western expression. The reason behind them all is being shaped by the civilization that we created.
Ezgi Ferek:  We confront the “Frostbite” when white, ice and canvas is combined. Can you describe us which materials you used while working on it?
Kerem Ozan Bayraktar : I used photography and oil paint techniques in that series. Using the paint which is more performative with the printed photography was related to the subject i was interested in. I was approaching the methaphorical relation between water and ice by these two materials. The idea of painting the photograph or presenting it as canvas was also very special for me. But as nowadays people use this as a technical easiness it irritates me and I have decided not to work with that technic for a while.
Ezgi Ferek: Eventually, will we be able to see the pieces formed by different materials in subsequent works of yours?
Kerem Ozan Bayraktar : I think what I do is more important than “with what” i do. I wouldn’t want to say that but I don’t believe that our generation can produce work from only one material’s reality system. Every artist has their own story even though the materials range.  
Ezgi Ferek:  Is it possible for you in the future to head only photography and leave the other culverts?
Kerem Ozan Bayraktar: I want to use the computer games and the cinematography some day.