Hale Ekinci, North Central College assistant professor of art, has her artwork on display in two group exhibitions.
One exhibition, titled “Amulets, Nazars & Evil Eyes: Artists Looking Forward,” is on display at Queens College Art Center in Flushing, N.Y., through June 29. Many cultures believe an evil eye can cause injury or bad luck for the person at whom it is directed because of envy or dislike. Attempts to ward off the curse of the evil eye have led to proliferation of talismans around the Mediterranean, especially in Turkey. Ekinci is one of 28 contemporary artists whose work explores the Turkish evil eye and finds commonality within their own culture.
The second exhibit, “Culture Shocked,” is presented at Design Cloud Chicago. Ekinci is showing a new installation and video work in this multi-media group show, which opened May 8 and runs through June 18. Designed to take viewers completely out of their element, paintings, photographs, installations and short film are exhibited together for a cohesive look at how beautiful, frustrating and shocking cultural disconnect can be.
Ekinci joined North Central’s faculty in 2011. She earned a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.F.A. from Columbia College.