Hanife Yuksel 

Hanife Yuksel was born in 1979 Çorum, Turkey.

The problem represented by the notion of "the other" has been experienced and lived through in a much more difficult way in countries. Because most of countries  have a multi-lingual,
multi-ethnic and a multicultural structure, switching to a nation-state inevitably leads to feelings of separation and segregation, labeling different groups as "the other", and engaging in
an effort to marginalize them. Thus the new nation state starts to "other" cultural, ethnic and religious groups that do not belong to the ruling elite, using several methods such as
"stamping", "tagging", "marking", "cataloging" and "black listing" citizens. The individual starts to see himself as the object of "the othering process" when he feels he is the target of
different and unfair treatment in religious, cultural and ethnic matters by the government. Reaction basically starts with the criticism of such undesirable state activities. While the state
continues its cataloging and prescribing its approved ways of living, the opposition usually prefers to use indirect methods to show disagreement. Often objects selected to express discontent
turn into art objects during and/or after fulfilling their main function.

Fortification of this process is to focus on thinking and remembering. My work in this area is intended to provoke thought on the meaning of the time spent in my country, where conformity is pushed as diversity, and pressure is presented as liberty, and to keep memories fresh on this reality. Objects developed based on the notion of  "stamping" and "marking", are meant to refer to individuals, groups, classes and peoples treated as "the other". Taking real life experiences (past or present) and "othered" statuses (vertically-from a class viewpoint, or horizontally-from a cultural or ethnic viewpoint) of the underprovided as reference, these art objects carry a social or political message.