Burlington City Arts

Sumru Tekin: One Day

April 10, 2015 - June 20, 2015


Born in Erzerum, Turkey, Sumru Tekin investigates the ways public and private events influence our process of identity construction.


Asserting that dates and times are arbitrary without places and people associated with them, One Day was a sound installation that called attention to the ways connectedness with other people was a necessary component for establishing memory.

One Day explored the idea of portrait as an aggregate — a construction built from multiple and differing sources without an ability to distinguish “truth" from lies or factual description from embellished fiction. Using audio speakers to play the role of a human “speaking,” Tekin orchestrated an audio encounter between the visitor and the gallery space. Her interest in the subjectivity of experience questioned what appears and disappears in the establishment of collective histories.


Funded in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


Farrell Distributing, Harpoon Brewery, and Fluid Bar Service were proud sponsors of BCA Center exhibitions and events.