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Leica Gallery Boston Presents The Myth of Men From Award-Winning Photographer and Director Ahmet Polat

Leica Gallery Boston Presents The Myth of Men From Award-Winning Photographer and Director Ahmet Polat
A provocative video and photographic exhibition examining the multiple layers of masculinity premieres for the first time in North America

Leica Gallery Boston in collaboration with Leica Gallery Istanbul is proud to present, for the first time in North America, The Myth of Men by Ahmet Polat from March 1st through April 29th 2018. The opening reception will be held on March 1st from 6pm to 9pm, followed by an Artist Talk on March 2nd from 5pm to 7pm.  Ahmet Polat will also host a Leica Akademie Workshop March 3rd and 4th, 2018 entitled,Reframing the Frame: Reflective Visual Storytelling.

This exhibition is part of an ongoing theater, film and photographic collaboration between Ahmet Polat, creative storyteller and director Lucas de Man, as well as actor Rashif EL Kaoui. The Myth of Men exhibition premiered at Leica Gallery Istanbul during the Istanbul Biennial in 2017, and simultaneously began its theater production at Zuidplein Theatre in Rotterdam.

The Myth of Men was shot using innovative production methods alongside Leica’s unparalleled cinematic lenses, enabling Polat to create stunning moving images and stills. The visual representation and narrative of Polat’s project is characteristic of an experimental documentary, portraying people from different geographies bearing different identities, while remaining accessible and evocative of its theme. In its iteration at Leica Gallery Boston, Polat presents a video and photographic installation revealing the multiple layers of manhood presented in The Myth of Men.  Polat immerses himself in multiple situations and happenings and takes on a personal approach beginning from the character’s social status and identity, down to their relationship with city, ways of living, traditions, and individual perspectives.

“I was drawn to how The Myth of Men engages in the current dialog happening in Boston and throughout the US addressing inequality and gender roles, noted Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Curator & Gallery Manager of Leica Gallery Boston. The Myth of Men takes on masculinity in very specific communities abroad and yet it has the universality to open up the conversation on the role men play in society here in the US as well. The access to this conversation on a global scale is palpable through Polat's cinematic and photographic, experimental documentary approach.
“The topic of ‘men’ is not the first myth Ahmet Polat has aimed to shake up, noted Yasemin Elci, Curator and Gallery Manager at Leica Gallery Istanbul   His dual identity allows for him to be suspicious of accepted truths yet gives him a birds eye view of the communities he is in. Polat experiences and anticipates the outcomes of injustices, and instead of focusing on the results of preconceived notions, he looks beyond and into their historical backgrounds. His method is scientific, his language unifying, and his discourse engaging to all minds. He implemented this approach when questioning the Turkish identity, Dutch society, and African descendants in Turkey.

Ahmet Polat is a photographer whose work is connected to his habit of observation and directing. Motivated to capture the unexpected, the quality of his work has earned the deserved respect of serious critique. Since graduating from the St Joost Academy in Holland, Ahmet has won several awards and grants including the ICP Infinity Award 2006 and the Laureate Photographer of the Dutch Nation 2015. Additionally, he has exhibited and lectured at top museums such as Bozarts in Brussels, the Istanbul Modern, Rijksmuseum, FOAM and Stedelijk Amsterdam, as well as been published in prestigious news outlets such as the New York Times and French and Turkish Vogue. Born of a Dutch mother and Turkish father, Ahmet integrates his bi-cultural perspective in all his work.

The Myth of Men by Ahmet Polat will be showing from March 1st until April 29th, 2018 at the Leica Gallery Boston. For more information, visit www.leicagalleryboston.com.

About The Leica Gallery Boston
Opened in 2016, The Leica Gallery Boston strives to bring world-class art to the residents and visitors of Boston, following Leica’s long tradition of excellence and commitment to quality in cameras, lenses, and photojournalism.  By curating exhibits from world-famous photographers and hosting special engagements with featured artists, as well as offering the immensely popular Leica Akademie workshops for one-of-a-kind, immersive experiences, Leica Gallery Boston provides unique and eye-opening programming to further this mission. The Leica Gallery Boston is located at 74 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116, within the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. For more information, visit www.leicagalleryboston.com

About The Leica Gallery Istanbul
Opened in 2016, The Leica Gallery Istanbul is located in the historic buildings of Bomontiada (The Historic Brewery in Bomonti) which offers a perfect mix of art, culture, music and gastronomy. The Leica Gallery Istanbul aims to become a hub for the photography world in Turkey and to demonstrate the creative potential of Turkey to the international art scene. The Leica Gallery Istanbul’s program includes internationally renowned photographers as well as local artists who create challenging work that either have gained international recognition or await discovery. It aims to spread a deeper understanding of photography to a wider audience extending the Leica tradition and vision in the region. As such, it will be a unique gallery in Turkey, dedicated to photography only. VIP lounge offers unique product sales rooms. Academy and customer services are offered by a classroom, a professional studio, a post processing work area with printing facilities. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

About Leica Camera
Passion for creating perfect pictures. Leica represents a union of craftsmanship, design and experience. It is a beautiful collision of art and engineering, and the future of form and functionality. Leica Camera is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the supreme quality and performance of cameras and lenses, and the iconic images that artists and photojournalists everywhere captured with them. For more information about Leica visit www.leicacamerausa.com, or follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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