Swaddling the Baby

2015

Exhibition

When Gülsün Karamustafa first visited Florence in 1969 still as an art student, she stood stunned in the middle of the square in front of the Brunelleschi’s Ospedale degli Innocenti. The images of the swaddled babies on the reliefs by Andrea Della Robbia, as well as the dramatic stories behind it, fascinated her more than anything. She writes: “Children are the feeblest of all humankind especially during wars, great disasters, flow of migrations, diasporas. My project is related to the destiny of the innocents who had the chance to survive those unsparing moments of life. I dedicate my work to the memory of the children who were taken care of at Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence even as early as the 15th century. When I went through the images related to the orphanages as a whole I was more interested in the faces and the looks in the eyes of children. That was a pathway that gave me a deeper insight into how it would feel to be an orphan in an utmost crucial time in history.”

Guelsuen_Karamustafa, Swaddling the Baby, 2015, exhibition view, Villa Romana, Florence; photo: OKNOstudio

Swaddling the Baby