Hera Buyuktasciyan is a Greek-Armenian artist who was born in Turkey. She lives and works in Istanbul. She creates sculpture and installations that explore the meaning of space as it relates to memory and the past. Buyuktasciyan travels back and forth in her work between territories that are historical, cultural, mythical, and theological.
She is a 2006 graduate of Istanbul’s Marmara University and spent a year studying in Austria. In 2007, she had her first solo show in Istanbul. She focuses on the lives of workers in her drawings on paper and in her works in bronze and marble.
Her second solo show at Green Art Gallery, “Write Injuries on Sand and Kindness in Marble,” draws on the gallery’s former life as a marble factory. She wants viewers to remember the lives of the marble workers who once inhabited this space. The main artwork is “Everflowing Pool of Nectar” 2017, which consists of eight long sheets of paper – each emblazoned with V-shaped bars of yellow, white, and gray – running down a wall and stretching far out onto the floor. This work, inspired by Buyuktasciyan’s travels in India, alludes to the marble water courses prevalent in traditional Mughal architecture.
Another one of her works consists of twenty marble panels, lined up side by side on a raw plank and moved by a hidden mechanism. In the context of Dubai, her show was an opportunity to contemplate themes of power, labor, past, and present.
In 2013, she received a nomination for the Turkish finalist of the Henkel Art Award.