My father has always been the primary authoritarian figure in my life. He did his best to raise his sons and instilled ideas of masculinity which had been passed down through generations. Loggerheads is a place in North Wales where our family spent time together. These were special occasions when my busy father made time to spend with us. Sifting through memories from childhood and adolescence, revealing how notions of masculinity have been learned and reinforced in everyday life, 'Loggerheads' explores a relationship between father and son.
Anna Dannemann - Deniz Kemirtlek’s sensitive, personal study ‘Loggerheads’ examines the often-difficult relationship between father and son. In telling images Kemirtlek offers of intimacy and trust, but also separation and aggression. The Welsh Landscape is the backdrop to these layered images that give a glimpse into a psychological state between childhood and adulthood. This awkward time of growing up is potently and intriguingly referenced here, with photographs of objects symbolising meaningful events: competitions and the changing body, or the parting from parents. Brought together, these photographs present a complex aspect of growing up in a unique and compelling way.
"Men have a shockingly high rate of death by suicide compared with women.Across all countries reporting these data (except China and India) males show a suicide rate that is 3.0 to 7.5 times of women." (The Silent Epidemic Of Males Suicide, BC Medical Journal)
The work explores contemporary masculinities focusing on what phrase, such as being told to "Man-up!", mean in acting a gender performance.
Collaging the personal family album from both sides of my heritage, I have created a lattice pattern that resembles a Scottish Tartan.
Taking the collaged pieces I have created into the studio to 're-photograph' them as 'objects'. Using a macro lens the piece loses definition, becoming more abstract to the viewer.
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An outlook on the my two different heritages; appropriating designs and paintings, producing images of intricacy. A combination of the Turkish carpet design and Glasgow boys paintings, they cut into one another and are able to create multiple different images split into sections.
In this series of work, I am exploring the nature of my personal cultural identify. Using the colour darkroom to my advantage, I manipulate appropriated imaged from the family album in a way that conveys a personal disturbance.