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Sakıp Sabancı by Kutluğ Ataman

The work of art commissioned in 2011 by the Sabancı family to Kutluğ Ataman for the 10th anniversary of his parting from us of Sakıp Sabancı was opened to public viewing at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum. The work aims at reflecting the personality of the much missed leader, with his innovativeness, his sharing and embracing nature, his overriding principle of always giving first priority to people and his love and respect for them. Throughout his life, Sakıp Sabancı who merged with people with his sharp intelligence, his sense of humour and warm manner had many windows opening to life and people. Kutluğ Ataman’s work makes visible all the windows opened by Sakıp Sabancı. 

Kutluğ Ataman, whose movies and digital works have a worldwide audience, created this work which constitutes a moment of silence in honour of Sakıp Sabancı, emphasizing the industrialist’s contribution to the development of technology in Turkey. The basic element of this work which utilizes the most advanced technology in visual arts consists of the people. The work consisting of the passport sized photographs of thousands of people from all walks of life whose paths crossed the famous businessman’s in some way, who supported or were supported by him, shape his portrait, reflecting his sympathetic, tolerant and colourful personality, while implementing an extraordinary artistic idea, ‘beyond time’ as is worthy of Sakıp Sabancı.
The technical infrastructure of this work, which is one of the largest video art examples worldwide was completed by Larves Artware Solutions in three years. The Project consists of the driver card, the communication card and control/administration software. The work comprises approximately 10,000 LCD panels, aligned in 144 modules, each consisting of sets of 64 (8x8), stacked horizontally and vertically.

The LCD driver card communicates with an upper level embedded computer, thus transferring the photograph data. The external industrial computer is connected to the communication cards of the subsystems via fiber cables. The communication card  transfers data consisting of thousands of photographs to the driver cards to be viewed on the screens in random order and at random intervals.
After the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, the work will be exhibited at the Sakıp Sabancı Mardin City Museum and Dilek Sabancı Art Gallery, each time being redesigned in accordance with each building’s architecture. Later, it will be presented to international audiences at the leading museums worldwide.
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