Linden Projects Space presents new solo exhibition

Chrysalis; Recognition and Restitution by Güler Altunbas

Melbourne-based artist Güler Altunbas will present an important new exhibition examining the physical and psychological impacts and the hidden nature of gender-based violence. The exhibition will be on show in the Linden Projects Space, which is re-opening after being closed for over a year due to the pandemic. Linden New Art is delighted to be able to re-open this space with a such a powerful, socially driven exhibition.

The artist has built a reputation as a strong advocate in the community for the prevention of violence against women and children, with this exhibition highlighting this systemic issue along with her own personal experiences. 

Altunbas said: “I’m fortunate to have survived the atrocities in my life to tell the stories of women. I’m giving voice to the voiceless. I am a survivor, activist, advocate and campaigner of prevention of gender-based violence of women and children.” 

The exhibition features a series of self-portraits that highlight the hidden elements of violence, and express the connected emotional and psychological conditions of gender-based violence, such as denial, silence, threats, aggression, violation, danger, intimidation, encroachment and resilience. 

Chrysalis; Recognition and Restitution includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, printmaking and digital technologies. In 2016, Altunbas was commissioned by cohealth to create a public sculpture encapsulating the stark reality of gender-based violence in our community. The bronze female figure, titled Question Why?, will be on show as part of the exhibition. 

Altunbas is supported by the mentoring program facilitated by Arts Access Victoria. She is also a member of the And I Rise cohealth group, which supports an intersectional method for the prevention of gender-based violence, particularly amongst culturally and linguistically diverse women. 

The Linden Projects Space is designed to spotlight the talent of artists and curators living and working on the southside of Melbourne. 

Linden New Art 26 Acland Street, St Kilda 3182 
Virtual opening: Thursday 1 April 2021, 6pm.Register attendance here Exhibition dates: 1 April – 9 May 2021
Image credits:  Güler Altunbas, Chrysalis (Recognition)/ Encroachment/Candalides gellinus, 2019, acrylic on paper, 79 x 54.5cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Linden New Art.