In her Superheroes piece, Anny Öztürk creates
a fantasy world inspired by figures from TV shows and comic strips.
In this world, she assumes optional identities, fictitious roles,
all of them making her a super-hero who can fulfill her innermost
wishes. The role models onto which she projects her ideas here
originate in the media world or as ad products.
She creates a joyful substitute world in colourful,
Pop-like drawings, populated with persons from her real life.
Friends and acquaintances become Superheroes, a Fasttrackman
who drives a Porsche or a Frog in green camouflage. Alongside
these superheroes of her everyday life, Anny Öztürk
herself becomes a superhero. For example, as Pantherwoman
she dreams of a life spent together with her male companion.
Personal memories and experiences blend with
fantasy stories. Needless to say, the superheroes in Öztürk's
fantasy world also have superpowers that they use for their heroic
deeds, but also in order to survive in society and in their professional
lives. Unlike the comics, in Öztürk's imagined world
the superheroes never shed their costumes; they do not don a disguise
but appear as superheroes in every situation. In this fantasy
world, everything is at hand, colourful and beautiful. Even everyday
objects can become superheroes. Training shoes and articles of
clothing, fetishes of youth culture and indicators of group or
scene membership they create a profile that represents
values to the outside world. "The most important things in
life are the right outfit and great shoes" is the
belief one of her superheroes follows. Such statements in some
of her drawings refer to the brand awareness and consumerist outlook
of today's world.
Fantasy world and the reality of life interlock
in these Superheroes drawings through the admixture of
real role models and invented figures. The drawings are accompanied
by various sculptures that seem to stem directly from this fantastic
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born 1970 in Istanbul, lives and works in Frankfurt/Main; exhibitions
(selection): 2001 Heimaten Galerie für Zeitgenössische
Kunst, Leipzig; 2000 dynamo.eintracht Frankfurt/Main and Dresden;
Evelyn Forum-1822, Frankfurt/Main; I love you too, but Galerie
für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; Man muss ganz schön
viel lernen... Frankfurter Kunstverein; 1999 Hitchcock Kunsthalle
Tirol, Hall ozt