Blending stories, cultures and traditions in their designs and reflecting them to today’s street fashion, Les Benjamins is announcing a new creative partnership with the multi-disciplinary Turkish artist Altın Tatlı. Altın Tatlı’s solo stand named “Dazed Heroes” will be exhibited at Les Benjamins Nişantaşı flagship store for one day on Tuesday, September 20, in parallel with the 17th Istanbul Biennial.
We talked to the artist Altın Tatlı and Les Benjamins founder and creative manager Bünyamin Aydın about the details of this creative collaboration.
“Dazed Heros”s Can you tell the story and inspiration point of your adult?
“Dazed Heroes”, that is, “Confused Heroes” series consists of my lovers, friends and people I met who came into my life and held a mirror to me. I see each of them as a hero in my life… Just like epics, they portray archetypes in me. Planets and their archetypes represent our inner heroes as we grow on our life journey. The more you push the rock to the climax, the harder it gets to lift life. We encounter difficulties on the way, but it is up to us to observe, overcome and learn from them. These are a series of studies to help us understand Confused Heroes…
“Dazed Heros” is your first solo exhibition… What awaits visitors?
Actually, it’s not exactly my first solo stand. I studied at MassArt in the USA. In those periods, I did my first solo stand at the age of 21 at a big club called Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge. By creating a party atmosphere just like this one. I am sure the visitors will have fun. I await their opinions on my works. Even though the booth is for a day, they will be able to see and visit online later thanks to AR.
How does it make you feel that your exhibition is exhibited at the Les Benjamins Nişantaşı flagship store in parallel with the 17th Istanbul Biennial? Can you tell us about this cooperation from your perspective?
Bünyamin and Lamia (Les Benjamins founder and creative manager Bünyamin Aydın and women’s collection chief designer Lamia Al Otaishan Aydın) have always been close friends to my heart. The fact that they are always honest, sincere and generous has an effect on my love for them so much. Normally, it is not possible to reach people with such big brands, even to chat if you meet them. But Lamia and Bünyamin were able to stay true to their essence as the founders of a big brand. This collaboration is for me like “It’s like I go to my friend’s place and do a one-night pop-up booth and they open their doors sincerely”.
Les Benjamins Founder and Creative Director
Les Benjamins previously worked on projects with artists Daniel Arsham and Ali Cha Aban. Now, Altın Tatlı’s stand adds a new one to its collaborations that support art. What is the place of art in your world and Les Benjamins’ world? How did your paths cross with Altın Tatlı?
Art holds a very precious place for both me and Les Benjamins. I attended Frieze Seoul 3 weeks ago and this week was Contemporary Istanbul. Art inspires me as a fashion designer, but I also think that we, fashion designers, inspire art. In addition, it gives us satisfaction and excitement to support expensive artisans such as Altın Tatlı in our country, to introduce them to our community and to support them in their globalization. I am particularly pleased to open up this power of Les Benjamins to our future talents.
We met Altın Tatlı about 2 years ago, during the Nike SB Dunk Les Benjamins campaign. From the moment we met, we developed our friendship and friendship by always staying in touch. He is an artist who inspires me and he is very original. I think Altın Tatlı is a name that should be given a great price both in Turkey and globally. Being behind him, both as a friend and as Les Benjamins, makes me very happy. Like Golden Dessert, our artisans must now appear in the world and we at Les Benjamins want to build on that.
Altın Tatlı’s first solo stand, “Dazed Heroes”, is on display at Les Benjamins Nişantaşı flagship store. Could we ask your comments about the stand?
The original world of Altın Tatlı and the story of each of his works of art impress me a lot. The part that excites me about Dazed Heroes is that Golden Dessert is inspired by real people. I definitely recommend you to see this exhibition and also to follow Altın Tatlı’s work closely. He is a very valuable artist and I believe that he will put his signature under many valuable projects.
The “Dazed Heros” stand also heralds the joint collection to be launched in October… Could you briefly talk about this creative partnership established with Altın Tatlı?
Actually, it all started with our friendship. For me, collaborations and the development of projects always progress organically. The projects we made with Altın Tatlı and the stand are actually the symbols of our natural long-term relationship. That’s why the Les Benjamins community loves us so much. We have more exciting projects with Altın Tatlı, but I can’t talk about it right now, stay tuned! 🙂
All works in the exhibition are in store and online Oh! It will be offered for sale in cooperation with the Art Agency.