Hale Ekinci is a Chicago-based Turkish interdisciplinary artist and an Associate Professor of Art at North Central College, teaching a variety of courses in the Digital Art field. She spent childhood and much of her young adult years in Turkey, the homeland that she brings in and out of focus throughout her works. She completed her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago. Focusing on narrative and intercultural connections, her works vary from illustration and mixed media collage to video and installation. Her recent projects touch on social issues, cultural traditions, and political unrest. Despite the sometimes dismal nature of these controversial issues, her works are often playful as she uses vibrant colors, patterns, and hopeful moments.
Applying techniques of collage to the moving image, I create video art and mixed-media drawings. Fusing painting, collaged solvent transfers, embroidery, and crochet, the exhibition references the rich visual history of Turkish textiles and its method of storytelling to negotiate my hybrid immigrant identity. Combining images of the collective with figures from my heritage, I tell the story of an immigrant like an indigenous tapestry that weave together colorful symbols. Political scenes of the masses peak through layers of textile patterns over abstracted archetypes. Applying techniques of collage to the moving image, my multi-layered, animated videos explore immigrant identity as seen from both Turkish and foreign perspectives. Using a combination of field video, green screen, still images, and drawings, I craft non-linear narratives where relations, identity conventions, rituals, and women’s issues result in tense scenes that reflect the universal bizarreness of traditions and stereotypes.