97cm is a Berlin-based atelier founded by Illya Goldman G. and Mehmet Cevik. Breaking the binary continuum of thinking and feeling, science and mysticism, and blurring the line between tradition and innovation, handmade and luxury goods, perfection and imperfection, their installations are emphasizing the complexity of human consciousness in order to unravel a better understanding of the self. Terminologies borrowed from the judaism and the islam are pervading their art works, serving as reminiscences to their cultural imprint. Integrating their ethnical designation into their work in new and unexpected ways is the product of a permanently sincere dialog between the two artists. The interference of multi perspectivity combined with self-reflection is thus creating a patchwork of sanity and new realms, merging believes and codes of the past with newly acquired knowledge. Searching for the universal key, each work is timeless –– it is a bridge to more knowledge that represents their presence and paradigms. Exploring the ambiguities of modern life, challenged by the rapidly shifting conditions of our period, 97cm creates multi-layered reflections of everyday perception. The artist duo transforms paradigms, materials, space, and time into works that invite beholders to reflect and feel. 97cm captures the moment, which in turn perpetually creates other moments yet to come. The result is a body of works in a constant state of flux, encompassing art and a deeper meaning of existence to gain a complex and fuller understanding of the self, to open minds and hearts and liberate their spirit.
The atelier name 97cm derives from Illya Goldman (Gubin)'s initials and where they are located in the alphabet –– I=9 G=7 –– combined with Mehmet Cevik’s –– CM –– initial.