Serkan Adın

23 June - 23 July 2011

The desire to find meaning and the illusions created between the rift of emotions and the mind traps individuals and society in general in a chaotic game. In this game, the arbiter is the ego which directs individuals about their own faiths and judgments. Ego begins to develop in games played as children, this could be considered the second milestone of personality development,after the child-parent relationship. Children’s games, reflections of the real life, are the platforms which prepare children for adult life and foster children’s social, intellectual and emotional stimulation. The result of this maturation period determines the role and attitudes of the individuals in daily life.


With his works from Killjoy, Adın portrays different characters from the scenes of different children’s games. In these scenes; the audience plays the role observer or in a sense the developmental therapist. As a witness to individual’s development of personality characteristics, the audience reveals hidden characteristics and aspects of the subject. This observation is proven successful when it is performed in a self-directed manner. The artist intention is to face the audience with her/his own ego. He embarks on his own internal journey which is open to the audience, it is up to the individual will determine whether to pursue this internal journey or not.


In his latest show, Adın presents his works inspired by a ‘killjoy’ attitude and develops a closer relationship between stable figures and the audience. He replaces the instantaneous confrontations of his previous shows with a deeper questioning through his brand new works. Killjoy can be seen between June 23rd and July 16th, 2011 at x-ist.


Serkan Adın, 1977


Adın graduated from Dokuz Eylul University Fine Arts Faculty, Painting Department. Following his first show Instant Message in x-ist, Adın had two more solo exhibitions Save As (2007) and E-Doll (2008) in x-ist. His works have been exhibited in many countries including Bulgaria, Romania, Switzerland, Macedonia, Japan and Korea. The artist also participated in the “young expansions” group show (Pera Museum, 2005), Contemporary Istanbul 07, 08, 10 and ShContemporary’09 (Shanghai Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair). 

A Cat with Many Names

acrylic on canvas, 240 x 125 cm, 2011


acrylic on canvas, 230 x 125 cm, 2011

A Convict

acrylic on canvas, 230 x 125 cm, 2011

Show the Uncles Your Ego

acrylic on canvas, 170 x 240 cm, 2010

Don't Call It Fate...

acrylic on canvas, 150 x 250 cm , 2011

An Invitation

acrylic on canvas, 170 x 250 cm, 2010

No Peeking, No Cheating!

acrylic on canvas, 120 x 200 cm, 2011

Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are !

acrylic on canvas, 120 x 200 cm, 2011

Love Me Tender

acrylic on canvas, 230 x 125 cm, 2011


acrylic on canvas, 240 x 160 cm, 2011