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SELIN BALCI

 

In "200" participants contributed to my work. I asked 200 gallery hosts to give me samples from their body. My initial aim was to create portraits of them by using an untraditional way. Most of the hosts have been participated with hair, nail and small skin slices, fabric from their clothing and little pieces from their pockets. I placed the samples in small Petri dishes with nutrient media. The hosts labeled the Petri dishes with their names, sample names and the date--which is a very scientific method to label the Petri dishes in a laboratory. After few days, the microorganisms that the hosts mutually shared their environment with - started to grow in the Petri dishes and change the forms and colors each day during the exhibition day.

200, Evolving microbial growth in Petri dishes and organic material taken from the gallery hosts, dimensions variable, 2015