Placeholder series is a long-term visual study which is based on concepts like non-places, placelessness, transit and transitional landscapes. Selections from the series were exhibited in my first solo show Placeholder which was curated by Melis Golar in Middle East Technical University in 2016. The series was selected for Mamut Art Project group show in 2017. Lately the series was exhibited by Subjectively Objective in Detroit in 2018. 

You can also buy Monthly Monograph Issue 9 at Subjectively Objective which includes 26 plates from the series. 
Placeholder presents us with different locations and traces that point to man’s alteration to terra firma, through Mert’s photography. The photographs allow us to view the artist’s journey; meanwhile, dividing into layers the transformation of the landscape. They reveal the points of convergence and separation between the roads.*

*Text by Melis Golar (2016)
There are at least two experienced geographies: there is a geography of places, characterized by variety and meaning, and there is a placeless geography, a labyrinth of endless similarities.*

*Place and Placelessness by Edward Relph (1976)
Placelessness reaches back into the deepest levels of place, cutting roots, eroding symbols, replacing diversity with uniformity an experiential order with conceptual order.*

*Place and Placelessness by Edward Relph (1976)

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