‘Deeply in Love’ (2012) is Genco Gülan’s new series on relationships. Our relationships with each other and with other objects… For the project, Gülan worked with a professional diver couple: Ayşe and Atıl Tosun. The divers dressed formally, the man with a black tie as if he is going to a bussines meeting, the woman with jewelry as if she is going to a party. They dived into the sea with their electronic equipments; TV, laptop and a sculpture. Genco Gülan wrote a simple act for the diver couple, for these underwater photographs; they tried to save each other and/or their gadgets.
In ‘Deeply in Love’ Gülan, indirectly refers to the ‘The Last Judgment’ (1537–1541) the grand fresco by the Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo painted on the altar of the Sistine Chapel. Mainly with two reasons: First of all Gülan thinks that the last judgement of human kind will take place right after the rise of the seas-triggered by the global warming. We may need to say the last good bye to each other-or to our beloved ones-under the rising waters.
Secondly; these contemporary photos have a classical feel because of figurative concerns. Many figures in ‘The Last Judgment’ seem to be floating in the sky. Thus Genco Gülan thinks that Michelangelo must have had used a pool (if not the sea) and made under-water observations (and than fast sketches) with performers to create his masterpieces. Thus Gülan made a series of underwater photos to create this flying-like holy effect.
Three-dimensional human movement is another concern for Gülan. He thinks that humans have the capacity to move multi dimensionally (on x, y, z axis) thus he makes images with (real and virtual) performers in the air free falling (I love You 2008), under the water diving (Tele-rugby 2003, Shopping Water 2006) and in virtual space (Fall of the Super Heros 2003) series.
The first photo shoot for ‘Deeply in Love’ was made in Datça, Muğla, Turkey with assistance from the artist’s wife Yeşim Özsoy Gülan who is a theater artist herself. In 2013 the artist is planning to continue with this series in multiple locations.
Genco Gülan is a conceptual artist with interest in new media and performance art. He pursued MA degree on Media Studies at New School, New York. He got prizes from BP, New School, Lions, E.M.A.F. nominated and got selected as a finalist for the European Art prize in 2011. Gülan made solo shows in Istanbul, Ankara, Graz, Berlin, New York, Seoul and Zagreb. His works are presented in museums such as; Centre Pompidou, Pera, ZKM, Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Contemporary Art Museum Thessaloniki and La Triennale di Milano. He participated to festivals such as; Steirishes Herbst, Ars Electronica, Mediaterra, prog-me, Akzente, Balkan Art and Istanbul Festival. His net-art pieces have been exhibited at irishmuseumofmodernart.org, rhizome.org and kanonmedia.com/ His works listed in required reading lists at; City University, New York, Rice University and U.C. Santa Barbara. Gülan gave conferences at Yale, School of Visual Arts, Köln University and New York Institute of Technology. He is in public collections such as Elgiz Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul Modern, Museum Ostwall, Dortmund and Davis Museum, Barcelona. Genco Gülan is the founder of the Web Biennial; currently he teaches at Mimar Sinan Academy and Bogazici University.