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It’s on a day like this…
Nigel Gavus & İlkin Beste Çırak 

Artist Talk 

Photo: Mira Klug

With their different backgrounds, İlkin Beste Çırak and Nigel Gavus are currently working as an artists’ duo experimenting with syntheses of different media. Poetry, film, literature, sculpture and space are the fields they explore. Their work is clearly structured and multi-layered. Their shared aim is to translate invisible themes into a visual language and to question the role of visual codes” in our society. Their work together addresses the themes of identity and belonging, and also the design of space in the manner of relational art and aesthetics. For Domestic Drama the artists made It’s on a day like this… (2021), a digitalized 16-mm film that portrays a young woman spending her days sleeping in order to get free of reality. She creates her own realm of unreality by taking an interest in the things and objects around her. This film essay addresses the feeling of inner isolation and asserts the picture of a sad, lonely, and passive rebellion against the lack of perspective in the protagonist’s world. 


Participating artists

Nigel Gavus & İlkin Beste Çırak

*1992 Graz, lives in Vienna and Graz / *1994 Izmir, lives in Vienna

Nigel Gavus is a filmmaker and visual artist. He graduated from the Friedl Kubelka School for Independent Film and is currently studying at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In his work he deals with time, memory, identity and the relationship between poetry and cinema. He lives and works in Vienna and Graz.

İlkin Beste Çırak is a visual artist and poet. She is a graduate of the University of Applied Arts (Social Design) and is currently studying Sculpture & Spatial Strategies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Starting from public spaces as the core of coexistence, she deals with localities, identity, cultural production and participation. She lives and works in Graz and Vienna.

Photo: Mira Klug