A Selection from Zişan’s Utopie Folder (1917-1919)

Supported by Matadero Madrid and exhibited as part of Here Together Now at Nave 16

The displayed selection of her work from the Utopie Folder was produced in 1917 as she travelled through Barcelona, Madrid and arrived in Murcia to spend the summer with a community engaged in crafting vegetable fibers.

The Utopie Folder includes collected fragments, photographs, collages, drawings and texts with which Zişan attempts to shape temporalities that are oriented beyond existing conditions. The exhibited fragments give a sense of the circumstances in which they were produced: Zişan’s disillusionment caused by World War I and rising nationalisms that is partially overcome by her engagement with revolutionary movements; her intersection with the European avant-garde that contributes to her playful critique of rationalism and the coming machine age; her deep engagement with materials and processes that manifests as an animistic relationship with inanimate objects.

To view the publication produced as part of the work click here.

Map of Cennet/Cinnet (Paradise/Posessed) Island from The Utopie Folder

Map of Cennet/Cinnet (Paradise/Posessed) Island from The Utopie Folder

Posthumous Production Series (The Circle of Eternal Return, 1917-2013, fiber crops, spring)

Posthumous Production Series (The Circle of Eternal Return, 1917-2013, fiber crops, spring)

Posthumous Production Series (Wayward Script I Utopie, 1917-2013, cane webbing, esparto grass)

Posthumous Production Series (Wayward Script I Utopie, 1917-2013, cane webbing, esparto grass)

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Posthumous Production Series (Wayward Script I I am I and my circumstance, 1917-2013, cheese girdle made with esparto grass, photograph)

Posthumous Production Series (Wayward Script I I am I and my circumstance, 1917-2013, cheese girdle made with esparto grass, photograph)

Pleita from The Utopie Folder

Pleita from The Utopie Folder