Being one of the important addresses of contemporary art in Turkey since 2004, Siemens Sanat
is going to host an unprecedented group exhibition in December. Curated by Murteza Fidan and T. Melih Gorgun, Melancholy of Compassion will meet the art lovers between December 5th, 2009 and February 5th, 2010.
The exhibition includes the artworks of Audrey Bakx, Burak Bedenlier, Muge Akcakoca, Petrit Halilaj and Sukran Mertcan. The artists interpret the feeling of compassion, an essential human characteristic, through their artworks. They refer to the fact that it is a melancholic feeling to love others and to have pity on others and this feeling is nurtured from compassion.
Murteza Fidan, one of the curators of Melancholy of Compassion, explains the conceptual framework of the exhibition based on the surgical experiments of Dr. Henri de Mondeville who lived in the 14th century in Paris: Dr. Mondeville asserts that it is a compassionate reaction that the other parts of the body come to the aid of injured organs by delivering heat and blood to eliminate their pain. He believes that the distant bodies deserted by their souls will reach to peace if this mechanism of compassion within a suffering body can be developed among bodies. Mondeville states that this condition will impose moral obligations on people and he believes that the fear from the pain witnessed in other bodies will improve the feeling of compassion among people. Mondeville claims that loving others is only possible by regarding the pains of others as ones own pain. He also states that feeling sorry for others is a melancholic feeling and the introverted pain felt when loving others emphasizes an honorable melancholy based on thought. Melancholy of Compassion exhibition will enable us to see in the works of the artists the re-interpretation of the feeling of compassion that is assessed by Mondeville in that way.