Esra Urel

Καρδια After graduating in Plastic Art, Esra Urel is a French-Turkish artist whose practice often uses meat as a medium and questions our corporality and our relationship to the flesh. Καρδια/ kardía is the feminine root of the heart, chosen to name the clay-shaped hearts by the artist. In most of the myths of creation, life is breathed into clay figurines, and manifested by the heartbeat. In most of the myths of creation, life is breathed into clay figurines, and manifested by the heartbeat. Tradition makes the heart the seat of emotions, sensitivity and soul. The heart alone inherits a strong symbolism, the organ of love, legends, magic and rites. Very represented is the Sacred Heart inflamed in Christianity, or the one that is consumed alive during certain rites by different tribes in order to take the courage and strength of the enemy or to please the gods. Finally, the link between heart and emotions is now proven with Takutsubo’s syndrome, or otherwise known as Broken Heart Syndrome, which is responsible for a high percentage of cardiac arrests, due to excessive emotional shock causing a deformation of the heart. A symbol of life thanks to its beats and death when it stops, it is strong of all this symbolism that the heart can also be an ecological issue. In fact, this organ is the first to be used in all vertebrates, and all vertebrates share a heart. Especially in mammals: the heart always has the same shape. Heart of human, cat, or mouse, the only thing that will distinguish them will be their size. To remind that man is an animal like others, it is enough to place his heart in a set of hearts of other living ones to realize that we are just one beat among many others. It is therefore an anti-specicist representation that the artist who accompanies us in an ecological awareness. Then give yourself a heart.