Nil Yalter takes part in the exhibition entitled 'Women House', with her installation 'Nomads Tent', (1973) between March 9th - May 28th, 2018 at the National Museum Of Women In The Arts, Washington.
Featuring work by thirty-six global artists, Women House challenges conventional ideas about gender and the domestic space. The exhibition is inspired by the landmark project ‘Womanhouse’, developed in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. With works that disrupted traditional ideas about the home as a feminine realm, ‘Womanhouse’ was the first female-centered art installation to appear in the Western world. In the new exhibition, Women House, women artists from the 1960s to today examine the persistence of stereotypes about the house as a feminine space.
‘Nomad’s Tent’ was one of the first works in which Yalter realized her conceptual investigation and clearly displayed her artistic orientation. The solo exhibition named after the work itself, held in 1973 at A.R.C. Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris and produced by Suzanne Pagé, revealed that the artist would not only focus on the theme of “women” but also include ethnographic and sociological methods in her practice. She travelled to the Niğde region in 1973, visited various settlements, spoke to the yörüks, collected materials, and carried out research on the tents used by Turkoman nomads, and their life styles.
“In this huge tent, referred to as Topak, there is a reason for everything, every element of the tent qualifies a certain thing. For instance, in response to the black tents of patriarchal tribes, the topak tents are the zone of women. The roof of this tent opens up to the sky in a circle. This is where light comes in, illuminating the environment of the woman. The rugs on the floor and the plaits on the corners of the tent are, just like women’s hear, a decoration, an element of beauty; whereas the hanging fringes symbolize abundance.” Zeynep Oral – Nil Yalter Interview for Milliyet Sanat Journal, Istanbul, 1974