As part of the 2017-18 program, TWIXTlab is initiating a series of artist talks by artists that draw their methods and practices from the social sciences and the humanities. Our first invited artists from the surrounding region of Greece, Turkey and Albania will present their work and let us into the art-making processes. Starting with Hera Büyüktaşciyan on the 29th of April at 19:00, we will have the chance to meet the artist and discuss her work, her theoretical references, influences and inspirations. Hera Büyüktaşciyan (1984, Istanbul) graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Department in 2006. Hera Büyüktaşçiyan locates the figure of the other between the twinned spectres of absence and invisibility in order to weave connections between identity, memory, space and time. She works as a storyteller, integrating metaphors from local myths, historical and iconographic elements of different geographies to open up new narrative scopes. Water is a recurring theme in her practice, referring to what the artist understands as the fluid, aquatic nature of memory. Her most recent work enquires into the meaning of 'absence' within collective memory without focusing on the destructive aspect of nostalgia but more of recreating and reconstructing new realities or representations out of the existence of the invisible. Whilst unfolding different layers of invisibility and presence within absence in terms of the understanding space, the artist seeks new perspectives of representing a mental space within this framework with an archaeological and sociological approach.