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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
When Turkish art duo :mentalKLINIK opened the exhibition That’s F*****g Awesome last year in a former factory in a working-class Istanbul district, enthusiastic residents flocked to the space for a peek. “They came to wish us well, thinking it was a hospital that was opening,”says YaseminBaydar, one half of :mentalKLINIK, which also includes her husband Birol Demir. Both are used to causing confusion. After insomniacs mistakenly came to the first show Sleep in 2000, Demir and Baydar felt compelled to find an institute for sleep disorders that could help them. A year later, parents showed up with small children to the exhibit, Game. Misunderstood by the masses and the Istanbul art elite alike, from its name onwards, :mentalKLINIK confounds. “If you look at us from the perspective of the Turkish art scene, what we do is madness.

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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
Ayla Jean Yackley
Canvas Magazine, May/June, 2012

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