Lot 61 - Renin Bilginer - The Hedonist
Pencil on khadi paper
Signed on Verso
Renin Bilginer (b.1993) is a contemporary artist from London, with dual British and Turkish heritage. Renin graduated from The University of Brighton in 2019 and is currently studying MA Painting at the Royal College of Art. In 2019, she exhibited at Hove Museum and Art Gallery, The Truman Brewery and was selected for Hastings Art Forum's Rising Talent show. In 2020 she was selected for the Zabludowicz Collection exhibition Women’s Lockdown Art. Renin has recently exhibited with Soho Revue, Otherlandz, Omer Tiroche, Saatchi Gallery and Pictorum Gallery in London, and internationally with Prior Art Space, Barcelona, Plain Gallery, Milan and Galeri Bosfor in Istanbul.
BA (Hons) Painting, University of Brighton, 2019
MA Painting, Royal College of Art, 2023
The Songs of Hecate, Pictorum Gallery, London
Present Life, Plain Gallery, Milan
Otherlandz: Reclamation, London Art Fair
MMG x StART Emerging Art Prize, Saatchi Gallery, London
Fragments, Subtitle Labs x Omer Tiroche, London
On the Nature of Daylight, Galeri Bosfor, Istanbul
Athens Open, Art Number 23, Athens
Breaking Bread, On The Rag, Manchester
Voices for Love, Prior Art Space, Barcelona
Otherlandz, Devonshire Square, London
RAW, Soho Revue, London
Art'otel Battersea, London
Hive Curates, London
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
Rooted within the context of her mixed British and Turkish heritage, Renin’s practice interrogates what it means to exist as a woman between Eastern and Western cultures, confronting the issues surrounding womanhood, non-conformity and the embodiment of multiple identities. Inspired by her research on 19th century pleasure gardens, the work explores the transformative power of masking, masquerade and environment, in relation to identity; through the reclamation of the ‘exotic’ female body, the work explores themes of rebellion, hedonism and femininity, within a fantasy world free from patriarchal systems.
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