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Nil Yalter, b.1938

Exile Is A Hard Job (3)

For over five decades, Nil Yalter has used a Portapak video recorder and, more recently, a smartphone camera, along with photographs, drawings, installations, and writings, to conduct sociocritical research. Born in Cairo and raised in Turkey, the self-taught artist immigrated to France in 1965, where she continues to live in political exile to this day. Her paradisciplinary approach places undocumented or misrepresented and underrepresented voices not only at the center of her art but also at the core of society. 

Exile Is a Hard Job (1977/2015) consists of a wall-sized photo collage with the citation Exile is a Hard Job hand-painted in red gloss paint over the photo-installation. It was shown recently in Green On Red Gallery, once inside the gallery during their Refuge exhibition in 2021 and a number of times outside the gallery on Dublin’s city streets. It was also exhibited at Transfo Centre Culturel d’Emmaüs Solidarité, Paris, and during the Berlin Biennale in 2022. In this work, ‘the artist demonstrates her intersectional commitment to social justice, questioning what it means to live in exile—a task requiring challenging daily work to develop the skills and knowledge needed to survive the violence of silencing and invisibility within a supposedly representative democracy’ (Doreen Mende).
MediumPhotocollage, Paint, 5 videos
Dimensions Dimensions variable
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2023
Item NumberIMMA.4457
Copyright Image © Nil Yalter | Photography: Silke Briel
For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Nil Yalter, Exile Is A Hard Job (3), Photocollage, Paint, 5 videos, Dimensions variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2023

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Nil Yalter b.1938

Nil Yalter (born 1938, Cairo, Egypt) is a feminist artist, pioneer in the use of video art, who resides between Egypt, Turkey and France since 1965. Yalter, defined by the perspective of being a female immigrant, has generated an extensive body of work that orbits social aspects such as cultural identity, ethnicity, immigration and feminism and is characterized by its use of diverse media.
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