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Mythological Stories

Ege Islekel grew up listening to his father’s “mythological stories”, which sparked a subsequent fascination with the convergence of ancient and contemporary culture. Upon obtaining a degree in Urban Planning, the artist and designer strategically moved from Turkey to Milan: “Here you see history on every corner, and have the chance to observe how history and contemporary life come together,” he said.

As many other creative minds of our time, Ege just brings ancient world nostalgia into the modern day, subjecting classical figures to contemporary circumstances. The resulting juxtaposition is striking — discomforting in some instances, satirical in others. “My aim is to express what I’m thinking about life — from war to social media — in an ironic way.”

heART (The Kiss)
We Repair Your Hearts – feat. The Tambourine Girl (1906) by John William Godward
Art to the Future (Frida)
Gossip – from The Scream
Wish You Were Ear – from Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889) by Vincent van Gogh
Botox Venus (2) – from The Birth of Venus
Botox Venus (3) – from The Birth of Venus
Room for Rent – from Bedroom in Arles (1888) by Vincent van Gogh
Art Doll (The Birth of Venus)
Canned Art (Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear by Vincent van Gogh)
Canned Art (Girl with a Pearl Earring)
Looking For – from Léon: The Professional by Luc Besson (1994), feat. Girl with a Pearl Earring
mARTryoshka (Kiss)
mARTryoshka (Van Gogh)
Christ the Surfer – feat. Christ the Redeemer by Paul Landowski (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Arty Christmas – from The Sewing Lesson by Frederick Arthur Bridgman

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