Hera Büyüktaşçan

The Recovery of an Early Water

Site-Specific Installation, 2014


Patriarch's Pool and Nicola Zaphiriades' Shop

The Recovery of an Early Water is a site-specific project that focuses on one of Jerusalem's lost water supplies called the Patriarch's Pool.


According to the story, it was a King who built the pool, after he order that the direction of the Gihon Spring be changed by building an underground tunnel. This was during the war with the Assyrians, and he ordered this to happen so that his enemies did not have any water above ground. With this act of hiding, a lively element became invisible with the passage of time. By reviving the memory of the water with an architectural intervention, The Recovery of an Early Water might therefore be understood as a way of commemorating the social, political and historical memory of the city. The invisible aspect of water is turned into a virtual reality by allowing it to flow from the windows as if history were flowing out from the place it had been hidden.

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan

(1984, Istanbul)


Büyüktaşçıyan graduated from the Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts painting department in 2006. She lives and works in Istanbul.


Büyüktaşçıyan uses the notion of the 'other' and combines it with the concepts of absence and invisibility in order to compose an imaginary connection between identity, memory, space and time. She uses metaphors from local myths, historic and iconographic elements to open up new narrative scopes around the notion of otherness.

Recent works enquire into the meaning of 'absence' within collective memory, with a focus on urban transformation which causes disappearance, invisibility, isolation and otherness within the framework of communities, time-space and memory.


Büyüktaşçıyan has participated in the following residency programmes: ACSL (Yerevan, 2011); PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space (Istanbul, 2012); AIR-Drop (Stockholm, 2012); Villa Waldberta (Munich, 2012-13); Delfina Foundation (London, 2014). Selected group exhibitions include: Worthy Hearts (Yerevan, 2011); The Afternoon Odyssey (SALT, Istanbul, 2012); Looking for Somewhere to Land (Stockholm, 2012); Reflecting on Reflection (Galeri Mana, Istanbul, 2012); Blur (Weltraum, Munich, 2012); Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment(ARTER, Istanbul, 2013); In Situ (PiST///, Istanbul, 2013); The Land Across the Blind (2014, Galeri Mana, Istanbul).


She lives and works in Istanbul.


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