Yonca Karakas uses photography and extensive post-production techniques in order to provide us with images that act as commentary on modern society. While the distorting of images may seem to indicate an escape from the real, it is through this distortion that Karakas is able to reflect our contorted selves back to us.
The distortion that appears in the images exists in parallel to the barrage of over-filtered images that we are inundated with as people attempt to put their ‘best’ self forward to the world through social media and media in general. As we attempt to share our every movement with the world, we are carefully ensuring that we are not sharing everything. We are selective in how we come across and so, therefore, are never really sharing anything about our real selves. The images that Karakas presents us with address this very phenomenon.
The distortion that appears in Karakas’ images is done with an intricate attention to human anatomy and, therefore, the images do not become grotesque but, rather, they are disturbing in the natural appearance that the subjects have. The figures have been altered but there has been a close and careful consideration of each piece that is to make up the whole.
Through the post-production process, the figures in the images become plastic in their appearance as if further from the people who originally appeared within the images while never completely abandoning the first form. What appears in the images in a reality coated in a veneer. The viewer is presented with images that question the idea of truth and representation.
In our age of hyper-consumerism, images, people, and politics are packages and treated as throw-away products and we struggle to keep up with the perfectly packages self that we put forward to others but perfection is not possible and so we exist in disparity with this. The manipulated images in their muted, pastel tones and cinematic quality somehow manage to draw our attention to this disparity.
Karakas, fundamentally, produces work that allows us to reflect on the image obsessed consumerist actions that manipulate the way that we react in society and plays a role in the self-reflection of photography and media in the representation of reality.