“I Have Never Been Here” / “Ben Hiç Burada Olmadım”- At Galeri Nev İstanbul- 2021
Taking its name from a quote in Ben Lerner’s book, Leaving the Atocha Station, the phrase I Have Never Been Here connotes the invisibilty and volatility, which are the main features of the scent. Also by pointing out the idea of an absence, the event’s title also reminds the fact that unlike visual and audio elements, the scent is usually left behind in the artistic production and experience. The production processes of an artist and a perfumer intertwined through the experience of sharing the same atelier, can be read from Seddigh’s painting titled N.99 which is displayed in the gallery space. Named after the 99th edition of İpekçi’s perfume titled Incarnation / Untitled, the artwork and the perfume itself are placed in a distinct spatial design that makes the link between the image and the scent visible. Thus, two productions that were created simultaneously become involved in each other’s formation process.