: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 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.
:mentalKLINIK has participated in internationally renowned exhibitions, including Tomorrow Now at MUDAM, Luxembourg in 2007; PuFF at Art Basel 40 (2009), Art Unlimited, Switzerland; and solo museum shows such as Fresh- Cut (2013) at MAK, Vienna and Co-operation Would be Highly Appreciated (2015) at SCAD Museum Georgia, USA. Some of their solo gallery shows are That's Fucking Awesome curated by Jerome Sans at Galerist Istanbul in 2011; Thank You For your Cooperation (2014) and Truish (2017) at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai and 83% Satisfaction Guaranteed (2015) at Louise Alexander Gallery in Porto Cevro, Italy, Catastrophically Gorgeous (2018) curated by Yasmina Reggad at Eugster || Belgrade, Serbia and Obnoxiously Happy (2018) curated by Jérôme Sans at La Patinoire Royale / Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels.