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Collective show _ Splash  _  Comédie de Caen _ CDN de Normandie _ Hérouville St-Clair _ France _ 2021

Burn Baby Burn is

a time and visual capsule,

an installation that brings together a sample of collected images.


Iconographic archives that

intertwine the theme of

over_exposure of an image

burnt by the sunlight and the

over_exposition of bodies

on the beach.

Burn Baby Burn humorously

address one or more

iconographic myth.s while highlighting

socio-cultural and historical contexts related to water.

Burn Baby Burn - 2021

Exposed Bodies

are images taken from a Turkish magazine from the 60s.

The article comments on the nudity and the arrest of French women,

proudly displaying themselves topless on the beaches of Cannes,

while publishing their photographs adorned with editorial nipple covers.

Bodies exposed, naked breasts on the beach,

as our grandmothers practiced it more than 60 years ago,

the topless fashion is still a problematic subject in the public space.

These photographic archives are transformed and printed like shower curtains

where  the Nazar boncuk’s embroideries are places on these censored nipples and

the building’s entrances in order to deflect the Evil eye of the viewer. 

Exposed Bodies 

Burn Baby Burn


5 photographic archives,

5 shower curtains,

digital print fabric, embroideries.

#1 : 225 x 120 cm - #4 : 225 x 110 cm

#2 : 225 x 120 cm - #5 : 225 x 103 cm

#3 : 208 x 150 cm

[ MArchives Collection ] 

HAYAT magazine, 27 Mai 1965

Def . Nazar Boncuk / Evil eye bead


In Turkish, « Nazar » means the

« evil eye », its origin comes

from Arabic, it means

« sight, surveillance, attention »

« Boncuk » means

« amulet, pearl, bead».

  • The Nazar is an eye-shaped amulet/talisman believed to protect against the Evil eye.
    Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury and can be given in the guise of a compliment, signifying its connection to the destructive power of envy (for one’s wealth, beauty, etc.).
    Amulets such as the Nazar are used in accordance with common sayings such as "an eye for an eye", where another eye can be used to protect the recipient of the malevolent gaze.


  • The  boncuk is a glass bead characterised by a blue glass field with a blue or black dot superimposed on a white or yellow center. 
    Blue was likely used as it was relatively easy to create. Historically old, the blue bead has gained importance as an item of popular culture in Modern Turkey.
    In approximately 1500 BC, evil eye beads were popularised throughout the ancient world: from Mesopotamia to Egypt, from Carthage and Phoenicia to Persia, and throughout the Roman imperial period.

Burnt Images 

is a collection of postcards

that burned under the Sun and suffered from the Rain,

only the Blue layer of the print.

Trapped in layers resin like stratigraphic fossils,

the process of their disappearance is for now interrupted.

Frozen in time, they will one day be able to provide information about our era.

Burnt Images _ 

Burn Baby Burn



6 postcards trapped in 6 resins,

20 x 26 x 5,5 cm each.

Installation on the old family's

coffee table in glass and plexiglas,

lighting system.


[ MArchives Collection ] 

Cappadocia postcards 2017

 © All rights reserved by Mathilde Melek An, 2013
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