An archvial project started in the first Covid-19 Lockdown of 2020 and continued since, Ebay Archives consists of found photographic images from boxes of strangers’ 35mm colour film slides bought on Ebay. The photos are from all over the world, date from the 1950s – 1990s, and the original photographers all remain unknown. How the slides end up on Ebay and in the artist’s hands is mostly a mystery, although it is suspected that most are resold from estate sales and flea markets. The images come with no backstory or origin information from the sellers – although some have dates, locations, or the names of subjects scribbled on the physical slide by their origional owners. The images can be used to study a range of concepts surrounding photography and the camera as a cultural object, such as ownership of the image, the intersection between public and private, the accessability of photography through time and the crisis of representation.
Ege Kanar’s work explores lens-based media from an ontological standpoint dealing with topics such as materiality, indexicality, representation, and memory to ponder on intrinsic ways photographic images construct meaning.
The artist deals with conventions of seeing that are tailored by scientific disciplines such as astronomy, geology, and anthropology; or by power structures such as family, and the state.
Kanar studied “Visual Arts and Communication Design” at Sabancı University in Istanbul, and completed an M.A. degree on “Photography” at The Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague.
He lives in Istanbul and currently teaches at Bahcesehir University Photography and Video Department.