as part of “Unrelated Matters”, June 23rd – July 9th
3331 Arts Chiyoda, 2nd Floor Gallery
Fantazistan is a playful attempt to engage with Islamist ideology and its phantasmagoric gender narratives and newly invented neoconservative norms. In this case, veiling (hijab), albeit a very contested issue, is extremely sexualized under this conservative order.
The installation brings together fictitious and documentary images, web pages, 3D renderings, video and text to create an amalgamated context and it is part of “Unrelated Matters”, an ongoing installation by New York-based artist Hakan Topal—an artist-in-residence at 3331 Arts Chiyoda—is composed of two distinct but interlocking projects that deal with everyday realities, speculation, perversity, subversion and representation in digital times.