Cigdem Ayedmir’s SAFE in Kelly’s Garden

Posted by Situate
15 Jan 2017

SITUATE Arts Lab 2013 artist Cigdem Aydemir returns to Salamanca Arts Centre this month to create a brand new work for Kelly’s Garden Curated Projects/Mona Foma 2017. Here are some behind-the-scenes images, a glimpse into Cigdem’s creative process.


Kelly’s Garden Curated Projects #26
and part of Mona Foma 2017 in Hobart

An installation by Cigdem Aydemir

In SAFE the burkini acquires a heightened level of visibility, juxtaposed to its controversial reception in contemporary society. The swimwear designed for Muslim women has been the subject of much controversy, spurred by notions of cultural difference and safety in times of terror. In France, for example, the burkini is banned from several beaches, with politicians from all major political parties supporting and encouraging the expansion of the ban. In a visceral installation activated at night, SAFE presents a tableau of women in hi-vis burkinis spotted around the garden, as though it were an everyday beach.

SAFE is an installation in two parts. During the day silhouettes are covered in cloth, marking a presence and absence. The viewer is invited to explore the work inside Kelly’s Garden. After dark (until midnight), projections animate women ‘caught-in-the-act’ or sunbathing in defiance. The viewer catches glimpses through the gate or observes above the work on Kelly’s Steps. In all there is a sense of hauntedness, disillusionment and absurdity.

Tuesday 17 January 2017 @ 5:30pm, Kelly’s Garden, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
Exhibition to be opened by Brian Ritchie of Mona Foma

Wednesday 18 January – Sunday 5 March 2017
10:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday, explore the covered work in Kelly’s Garden
After dark (until midnight) during Mona Foma (Wednesday 18 – Sunday 22 January 2017 ONLY), observe through the gate and from Kelly’s Steps

Friday 3 March 2017
From 9.00pm until midnight, observe through the gate and from Kelly’s Steps