“In Situ” is a term used in many different areas, primarily in archeology and art, and means “in its place” to refer to “an artifact that has not been moved from its original place of deposition”. This work, which has started as a search for spatial, social, and historical memory, becomes “In Situ” by focusing on the historical “Pangaltı Hamamı” that remains in the personal memory of Büyüktaşçıyan, a place that no longer exists, and questions how a non-existent place should be imagined.
PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space celebrates its 7th year with Hera Büyüktaşçıyan’s exhibition “In Situ”. Büyüktaşçıyan completed a 4-month residency in 2012 at the studio provided by PiST/// Research and Production Residency: PIRPIR, and “In Situ”, one of the projects she developed during this period, is exhibited at PiST/// between May 22 – June 15, 2013.
Demolition is a topic which got a symbol for history management in Istanbul most recently. Hera Büyüktaşçıyan created a sensitive monument of memories with her installation “In Situ”. The Pangaltı Hamamı between Halaskargazi Caddesi and Ergenekon Caddesi got demolished 1995. The Ramada Hotel replaced it. Walking through the installation you dive into a space full of memories. The more you stay, the more you get a part of it as soon as the intense smell of the Soap soaks your clothing.