For HOT MESS, Mehtap Baydu exhibited “Pestile Ebise”, or “Pestil Dress”, a scale model of a dress of dried fruit pulp created for a performance. Pestil is a traditional Turkish dessert made from apricots, plums, grapes, mulberries and other fruits. After processing and drying on cotton cloths, a fabric similar in appearance to raw leather is formed. From this material the artist designed a dress. In the performance the artist, dressed only in the dress, wordlessly invites the viewer to consume parts of the desert until the artist is left completely naked. At the center of the work is the interest of man in the body of the other and describes a possibility of dialogue in the form of a cross-border experience.
Mehtap Baydu was born in Bingöl, Turkey. She studied sculpture at Hacettepe University and at the Kunsthochschule Kassel with Prof. Dorothee von Windheim. After graduation, she became a “master student” of Prof. Dorothee von Windheim. Mehtap Baydu lives and works in Berlin.
Dried fruit and bell glass
35 x 16 x 16 cm