:mentalKLINIK is a Brussels-based artist duo from Istanbul composed of Yasemin Baydar (born 1972, Istanbul) and Birol Demir (born 1967, Ankara) who began their collaborative practice in 1998. The duo's theory and practice is not meant to explain one another, instead they create a new individuality to produce works that shift between emotional and robotic attitudes.
:mentalKLINIK has a reactionary, open laboratory approach to process, production, roles, conception and presentation. This vocabulary gives their work a relationship with different references and background. Their work is a mix of oxymora and paradoxes, darkly humorous, self-contained and as much concerned with the total effect of accelerated capitalism as with the invisible politics and dynamics that define our everyday lives. :mentalKLINIK's oeuvre is droll and can look very playful and fun but at the same time, it is violent, abrasive and very questioning of the world we live in. Eschewing themes of identity, history and memory, their works range from immersive time based installations to sculptures and objects that thwart categorisation. Two decades after its formation, :mentalKLINIK has published several books and also maintain an archive of their collected textual, visual and other materials called docu:mentalKLINIK. Their solo shows include Truish (2017) and Thank You For Your Cooperation (2014) at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai, 83% Satisfaction Guaranteed (2015) at Louise Alexander Gallery, Porto Cervo and Cooperation Would Be Highly Appreciated (2015) at SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, among others.