Kom och demonstrera/protestera med oss:
Kom och demonstrera/protestera med oss:
Kom och demonstrera/protestera med oss:
Det var väldigt fuktigt och mörkt. Jag var rädd. Jag skakade. Jag försökte vara lugn och det enda jag frågade pappa var ifall det var långt kvar tills vi var framme. Jag började förstå att mina föräldrar inte kände till något av sorgen jag bar på och inte ville veta något om mitt dolda förflutna. Jag började tro att mina känslor inte var viktiga för en enda människa.
En kloakarbetare kom med ägg till oss, han bar dem med tänderna. Han var tvungen att krypa för att nå oss.
Det sipprade vatten över väggarna.
16:30 biljettkontroll Gamla Stan.
Min lillebror var aldrig rädd.
Jag längtade efter att se min storebror eftersom jag trodde att han skulle kunna skydda mig. I hopp om att få syn på honom, tittade jag rutinmässigt ut genom ett nyckelhål när ingen såg mig.
Det senaste tipset vi har fått in kom kl 16.30. Kanske betyder det att Reva-poliserna fått ledigt idag (man kan ju hoppas!), men om inte: glöm inte bort oss i lördagsvimlet!
Vi sökte skydd i ett förråd, gömda i det allra innersta hörnet under en hög med cementsäckar. Jag lutade mig mot min lillasyster och kände hennes hjärta smattra.
Jag såg uppslagna dörrar, möbler i oordning, fjädrar rivna ur sängkläder, svävande i luften.
Hennes främsta bekymmer i livet var förutom hennes betyg hennes fräknar. Hon spenderade alla sina lunchpengar på exotiska krämer för att befria sitt ansikte från dem.
Nu var hon borta.
Polis vid T-bana Slussen Kl 19:00.
Till en början var jag mycket rädd, men senare vande jag mig vid det.
Vi blev förföljda till Boston av jägare från Georgia.
Min mor gav mig till en man från ”underjorden”. Det var för att jag var judisk, sa mannen.
Jag tog mina fyra små barn och flydde.
Jag hoppas på att få höra från dig igen.
Massor med poliser och några väktare i Rinkeby. Kl 23.00.
Folk tyckte synd om oss och en dam gav oss gåsbär.
Jag kommer aldrig glömma människorna – stönande, bortdomnade skuggor – de rörde sig sorgset, tvekande.
Det är en ohygglig känsla. Du vet, du är bland människor men du är som på en öde ö.
Total isolation, total ensamhet.
Varje gång jag försökte bryta tystnaden blev jag snabbt påmind av andra vilken tur jag hade, mer tur än de flesta.
Danuta och Maria skaffade falska ID-kort åt mig och min syster. Vi gömde oss nedsänka i vatten hela natten. När morgonen kom gömde sig också andra i vassen och jag hörde en vakt ropa: ”Jag ser er där; kom fram!”
De flesta lydde, men vi gömde oss i vattnet i ytterligare flera dagar.
Jag drog fram en resväska från under min säng och la henne i den och sa till henne: ”Du får inte gråta och inte prata. Du får inte säga ett enda ord eller ropa”. Hon hade rött hår, ett fräknigt ansikte och var alltid prydligt klädd i en svart skoluniform med en lysande vit krage. ”Om du gör ett enda ljud kommer de att ta dig och du kommer dö”.
Jag färdades på natten: låg lågt hela dagen… jag stannade inte en enda gång: så stor var min rädsla för att vara förföljd av slavägarnas jakthundar från Södern.
10 poliser söker igenom tåg på Medborgarplatsen. Kl 23.30.
Medan övervakaren åt kvällsmat tog jag av mig skon och slank ur kedjan och sprang. Jag sprang… jag hörde rop efter hundar att jaga mig med…
När jag tittade ut genom fönstret var bussar uppradade utanför porten.
Den natten stal jag en båt och lyckades ta mig ända till Ohiofloden… efter att ha tagit mig över den gömde jag mig på en bro som hade två våningar. Mina förföljare passerade rakt under mig och jag kunde höra varenda ord de sa.
24.00 Polis i Rinkeby, Gullmarsplan och Medborgarplatsen! De söker igenom tunnelbanetåg!
Cops in Rinkeby, Gullmarsplan and Medborgarplatsen! They are searching through subway trains!
Johannes Anyuru och Sara Westin
The Museum of the Princes’ Islands in Istanbul will present a new exhibition Dec. 22, organized as the closing event of the “City Museum Studies in Turkey” project, which was initiated in October last year with support from the European Union.
The exhibition, curated by the museum’s curator Deniz Koç, will display the works of different artists, academics, researchers and other museums. It will feature human stories, new life experiences, themes of sharing and loneliness through the eyes of those who immigrate to cities.
The “Immigration Blows” section of the exhibition tells of European experiences and will host the Sweden-based, Turkish artist, Hakan Akçura as a guest. Video performances and photographs of his immigration experiences will be presented in this section of the exhibition.
One of the supporters of the project, Berlin’s Kreuzberg Museum, will present a history on 300 years of immigration in Berlin with interactive video and archive works in this part.The exhibition will remain open for a year.
videoperformance, 2006, 51 minutes
One-sided conversation recording, waiting for months after his call to Swedish Migration Board where the artist had applied for residence and work permit for the second time in 2006. Akçura explains the content of videoperformance record the day he sends it to migration board and carries this problem he has shared with thousands of other immigrants to media. The artist is not only answering those questions which would be asked by immigrant board, he also has the worry of answering questions they would never ask, and to share the first year’s witness and thoughts of a new immigrant regarding Sweden.
After joining the Istanbul Biennial in 1995 as an invited participant, I am a contemporary artist who has participated three solo exhibitions and dozens of group exhibitions, independent demonstrations, and a published poetry book.
I am a neo-fluxus artist.
I live in Sweden since January, 2005.
2 years before this date I met my wife, whom I fell in love with and I am an artist who has changed his city and country in order to live with her and two children she had before me.
When I landed at Stockholm on January 2005, one year residence and work permit was stamped on my passport on October 2004 that expired on October 2005.
We entered the eighth month.
If I do not show this permit which is not extended and meeting for permission is delayed for an uncertain period, I will not be send back here by the customs of the country if I go abroad, for example, when I go in my own country.
After the meeting I mentioned about, with Migrationverket on October 2005, we made a series of phone calls.
We talked to people who think quite differently about when we might be called.
This crisis of confidence pushed me to this art activity.
Doing it is being postponed by him, when he would do is unpredictable and one side of the bilateral discussion which will open the door for “the extension of residence and work permission”, is me making this discussion, and to complete it.
Therefore, I would like to facilitate Migrationsverket’s work. I want to help them.
How many people are waiting with me, I do not know.
What problems Migrationverket lived, whether after these racist correspondence were they had to change the staff, train them. I don’t know.
Surely, there are reasons that can be understood and accepted by them.
But ultimately, I make this record where I think the thing done is practically to destroy, suspend my travelling liberty.
What will I do? Trying to sum up briefly, I will try to convey; what I’ve done in this country since January 2005, what I was trying to do, what I think, things I have observed, and how do I look at the future.
As soon as I came, a new form of life, “a family with two children” in my life, and moreover, I lived the required transition process for being able to live first time in a country and city.
For a while, a period had passed for learning what a new country, a new city, a new house, a new way of life is asking me, what could I offer for them, learning, teaching, trying to actualize where we would get along with.
Moreover, we moved a few months later. So after I come, this is my second house I live in.
It comes to the rush of moving … A period of time has passed in this new neighborhood that we moved with the organization of creche and school that the children would start after summer.
Some time, turning my face to my back, to my own country, İstanbul, I sent an application there. İstanbul Biennial’s concept was “İstanbul”. I offered a contemporary art event called “Istanbul rooms”. Was not accepted, then …
After moving inside the house, in a room, on a wall we created a small studio to work, and I immediately began to paint.
An old personal exhibition of mine “Kentresimleri” was drawn 150 years ago, and printed as etching. This was an event trying to put forth figure from drawn forms and converting 22 European cities’ core city plans to picture. Stockholm was also taking place in them.
The similar study method I used was a late term “kentresmi”. Its name was “Hecate and Empusa or Izmir bay”. It is gone from me. Now it is in a private collection.
Like most of the others who had gone to SFI, my first friends were also immigrants. Immigrants who have come during the same period or have come before me, though have no Swedish education or continue their education…Older immigrants…Our teachers…
There is a series of life difference. You start to learn this country with them. Water flowing in house, hot water, heating are all free. If you are inside a space, dying from cold is not a question in this country. The power of public transportation…Albeit a very small sample, I observe the prevalence of metro network in this city which we say there is finally in Istanbul also. I observe the roads. I observe the lives flowing near me.
I made these observations in the same time, same months – mentioning about last spring and beginning of summer – for taking about 4000 photo frames, I travelled in this city from one end of the suburban line to other end as an artist. When forming a sentence from here, in reality an absurd conclusion appears: Probably, I know the ways better than many people. With its social, ethnic distribution, changing texture of the city, ranging quality of the service, and all the indicators of the city, I began to experience a new training.
I took pictures of what? I took pictures of this city’s wall tissue. So, what the local laws accept as crime. So, for whom the police forms special teams for capturing the people who do it. Graffiti culture, graffiti, stencils, stickers. New stencils pressed on them, new stickers that are sticked, new written writings. Of all the complexity. Trial of their deletion, the remaining tracks, of posts-glueings on them. From district to district, from periphery to the center, change of styles, textures, colors, words. Change of relationship forms with the passengers passing from their side. All. I tried to document all of the city wall texture. I have got such an archive about 2005.
When compared with 90s, perhaps I was in a city where graffiti culture began to decline, but at the same time as Istanbul, more than the sum of the population of this country, although more likely I came from a city where almost no graffiti culture was existing. Over time a photography exhibition project has evolved with at least 200-250 and at most 400-450 photographs. Since we had material to form such an exhibition, I could apply somewhere for an exhibition.
I applied to Tensta Konsthall because it was a contemporary art center of an immigrant district. But I think that place – later on I had a conversation with manager friends and I learned – does not want to be remembered as “immigrant district contemporary art center”, and given up this effort, and examples of this effort, and had entered the process of believing the meaning of making programs not different from the programs of a contemporary art center’s programs, alas!
I think for this reason, and perhaps also thinking that they would not be able to find support to meet required press expenditures, they rejected. But as friend has conveyed, they have liked.
At that time also, and perhaps one of the two works I can do – I can do one of two work-,I designed Engelska Riskförbundet’s monthly publication of the “Birlik” for one issue. It was not an existing journal with its content. Besides its design, I included about twenty articles to enrich all its content.I included 6-7 photographs of mine, one of them being cover photo. I saved the subject that take place on the cover and make up the weight of the content for this research. They accepted. They wanted. Perhaps “Birlik” was the first publication that issued the results of this research.
Graffities were photographed, as well as this city was toured from one end to another, became witness of such an analysis, and I spent time designing a publication with these results forming its contents. All of these, necessarily, would bring the conditions of designing more powerful contemporary art event and presenting this to somewhere, and it brought.
I designed a project calle “Reflex”. This was an “outside” art event. A multi participatory art event.
Immigrant neighborhoods, especially driving on the highway you can see their side, which is etched in minds, or in the case of a report that the illustrations used in those places you know, there are certain silhouettes. Everyone knows…Then on these silhouettes, these large, long and high structures, – the existence of which I learned in this country, I liked much, very functional, especially in the dark months of life has become an integral part of life, we wear for children with care, everyone wore – consider 30 meters big reflexers are hung. In the same form, perhaps in the form I determine, with the same sweetness, innocence, entertainment, pleasantness. Just visualize…Moreover,made of small again, yellow, white, gilt,and small pink reflexers. Connected with each other or sewn .
Who did this? The people who live in the neighborhood where these are hung. They have participated voluntarily to this event. Maybe I have presented, perhaps we have created forms together.
When were they hung? They were hung in every immigrant neighbor with seperate festivity.
How long will they stay hung? Two months… In these darkest months.
Highway traffic would always flow facing their reflections. Trying to understand what they were, learning, looking at it that way again. Vehicles, will pass telling us that simple message – not different than their actual usage: “Protect me”, “see me”, “don’t crash, do not give harm to me!”.
To provide such a simple sentence, with such a festive and public participation, is it necessary to have a very participatory process? For me it is necessary. Because the place I look at art is such a place. People themselves, as if they are in the flow of their lives, ultimately with a lot of parts arising from that ordinary life, not the existence of a so high, noble kind of creation of art , I believe in that artistic creation. I believe there is a creative potential even in people who call themselves ordinary. I believe, with a provocation, with a call for it, collectively, with participation, they themselves could constitute creation itself. I am putting together “art-games” from the point I tell “How good this would be if it were seen”.
Eventually, my “Reflex” project was such a project and of course it needed much support. It needed too much permission, operation (burocratic). Needed calls to be made. Needed labor – and this was the easiest, requiring not much money – Therefore, it should be presented somewhere. For doing this work with their collectiveness.
First I presented to Kulturhuset. Correspondence took months. It was a correspondence not requiring to last for months. Actually this situation brought for me to start to know another institution: Artistic burocracy. Correspondence took several months, and perhaps with mail amount reaching ten, while having a project requiring things to be said about, they talked about everything, sending me from here to there, however they never wrote a word about the project. Finally when they wrote, they wrote it because I wanted. This was unbelievable. “Lagom” ! I started to learn “lagom”. It is the most powerful and deepest institution!. It surrounds everywhere. I started to learn “lagom”. All habits, gestures, facial expressions, all collectiveness, concessions, cowardliness, retreats,tranquillization, started to learn “lagom” the code of calling back the animal at the bottom downwards and downwards,
Already been taught in all areas of life. So, does teaching it mean “passing” it to people? No. Aren’t there people who come to this country, becoming more Swedish than pure Swedish, having discriminatory even humiliating attitudes, even old hidden racist immigrants? There are. But, generally in this country, I think, there is not many immigrants who have been taught and adopted all of these mandatory secret codes. This country, to this country, to life flowing in this country, to people, to anything belonging to people, called into being a set of human, roughly looking to everything from two different aspects. How good is that! It is an extraordinary chance for Sweden to bring all this fortune, cultural exchange, different experiences of different civilizations to this lonely land free from war, painless, calm, remote, to the middle of these people belonging to this land.
Poor, was not there, was nothing too full, I do not mean a thing happened. Do not look from this point of view. Maybe it’s a powerful shaman in north, which has still intense relationship with the underground spirits , with a strong mythology, a completely different side of life, so lonely, so far, a very cold face, a sorrow that flows through all of them raised a deep culture of this country. Or else, how would a Bergman arise from this country?
While talking about this richness and lagom, the sentence I started is left behind: I was correponding with Kulturhuset. There was not a single word regarding my project in those mails one coming after another. Finally, I learned that, Kulturhuset had no objective and subsidy for outside projects. It is not accepted. I turned to Tensta Konsthall and send it there. With the same assumption and in good faith…For me, this place was still an immigrant neighborhood and contemporary art center and how good it was. Even though they found it interesting they did not accept also. Because they were not sure to organize the required support.
My studentship continued. In summer I went to Turkey with my family and came back. Good thing…It feels good. Upon returning, I started to make the big picture I wanted and finished: “My hero from 9/11”. It did not go. I still have it.
I worked for a web site that takes long to produce and still could not finish, almost believing that it is cursed. Tried to accelerate that process. I continued to enter the information I needed to enter.
I started to correspond with a publishing house in Turkey for following the published material, and for publishing my two poem books that I have filed already. Next year, I will try to procure its publishment.
In this process, at the same time, I studied the possibilities of the foundations and public organizations that support the artist. I decided to apply to several of them. I came into line for studio. The portfolio I sent was enough for them. They accepted immediately. Recently a studio was available but it was to large and expensive for me. I am still in the row.
I applied for studio support. “I applied for finding support for my “Reflex” project. Upon arrival, turning my face to my city, I applied for the provision of support for my “Rooms” project which I have told that I had presented to Biennal. From the sum of all these observations and thoughts I mentioned about, a picture weighted exhibition project called “Lagom” is developed. I applied to find support to it. I made several graphic designs in my country and here for making my way, for having support elsewhere.
I love my children very much. I love my wife very much. I started to love this country more and more.
I had a creation which was the reason for starting to correspond with Kulturhuset while I was in Istanbul. When I was conveyed about the acceptance of my residence and work permit on October, 2004, they had made their decision based on art object I had presented two months before. Of course we had an “interview” but I had taken this art object to the interview and presented it to Migrationsverket. This was an art object named “About Hakan Akçura’s love and identity”. This was a book containing; my relation from the first day of our meeting which was the reason why I came, certificates of my marriage, photos of each stage, screen shots (screen prints), and after that my creative curriculum vitae, pages of my printed catalogs, criticism written for me, clippings of the interviews, my art and edition of web pages that include my art and my name. My photograph artist friend had taken photos of me from top while I flip each page of the book. While I was waiting the result of my application, I have presented all these photos as a slide show, to Kulturhuset, maybe each of them to be presented with digital press for a larger exhibition. With a project named “For residence and work permit”…They conveyed me that they could not find the possibility to exhibit in such a short time, and thanking, they rejected.
Since then, with all these flowing process 4 art books can be formed like that. Intensive flowed time. Intensive flowed life.
One of my child is in nursery school, the other one is in elementary school. They stay one week with us, and one week with their father. Their father is a very good friend of mine. From my school, from my wife’s environment, flowing through life, I started to acquire friendships slowly but gradually increasing. Some of them are Swedish. I met wise and creative, very brave young people. Both the culture of graffiti in the city, not the loneliness, light, shadow, other objects and people trying to document the existence of a total of times, and I’ve met a lot with them in the following months …
I liked the nature of this country very much. I liked the priority given to a child in flowing daily life very much. I liked people’s respect to animals and nature very much. I liked the sky very much. But one of the first information I had was totally against what I have conveyed. I have never seen any other country where such a large number of young population treating old people so hard, so intolerably as if they had joint resolution. They look at these old people like they do not need to live, like it is not necessary for these people to live there. Or sometimes they look at old people as they were ready consumers while others work. Young people were very tough.
When you look around from here, “loneliness” is reached. Such a large number, such a deep loneliness, one by one but the existence of human beings living together in such a country, it was not anything I can imagine. Of course, the origin of this loneliness, even if they are arrived later to this city-perhaps a hundred years ago, it is deep, it also has a strong impact on special deep loneliness of Swedish peasantry living alone 2 km. away from each others’ houses, sparse and scattered.
But for sure, I will never forget one day in particular. That day it started as if an interesting thing was being observed was a very deep education for me:
Our journey was with metro, where many Swedish and several immigrant children were in the railway car, was a journey from center to periphery to their region. Children welcome among themselves, speak calmly and with all the other Swedes, while we calmly looked around us …At a moment, where an internal language with known and hidden laws that flows through all pure Swedes knowing how young people should be looked at, one of the young men quickly slapped on wagon glass “thud”.
What kind of a state, gestures, facial expressions, total of ready sentences “lagom”, but also, unfortunately, in the eyes of immigrant children who deserve such a reaction, is involving the growth of a secret racism in an inner language. Unfortunately! None of them know it and live it.The people of this country, with a deep knowledge of civilization, they know how much of a civilized community they are in terms of equality and justice. These people are not still considered as Swedish people,still each of them is considered to be “invandrare”, would stay always like that, they have entered this country on foot and will continue to enter by walking… When will the community itself will be Sweden in the eyes of everyone? Very likely! Not likely! Very impossible! Not! World flowing booming. Migration from anywhere to anywhere…But the difference is that migration in general, is the migration of people to places where wars, suffering, death, massacre, torture, difficulty, is experienced with more different heat and places that experienced alike things, but not here. They have a story where almost none of these are experienced, only to find the stories of heroism one must go up to Vikings, Almost none of them have not experienced a date, only to find the stories of heroism to gidilmsi up to the Vikings, what good is that recently war, poverty, is not seen, what good is that very deep pain, torture, is not seen, and migration to a country where no laments are heard.
I don’t know. These are the observations of an artist who has lived for a year in this country. You can read me from here, you can know where I will be today from here, what I will do tomorrow, where I would flow my creation, what I will think, how I will stay, how I will live, someday how I will think or not think to be a citizen.…
I am “passing”! Am I included in here? No. But do I “belong” there? No. Such as who? Already like all migrants…They just cannot belong here.
The third generation is here now. Those who were born here. People who do not have other country. From out of nowhere “do not come from”. But they themselves do not feel Swedish. They are not encouraged to feel. Names, definitions, each being an “invandrare”… But they do not have other countries! I have one. Decrease? I do not know. Increase? I do not know. But I “pass” here. I have, but I do not have as much as a year ago!
If you have questions regarding my flowing relations, my family life, relations with my children, ask these questions to people in nursing school, people at school, my neighbors. I feel that, you will have more proper answers.
But still a man who has come from the Aegean region, a man who comes from Istanbul, feel it very deeply. Blue sea, I miss real blue sea so much.
When I go out from the country, at customs, they will look at my passport to see whether I have “residence and work permit” in this country. For this reason I don’t go out thinking that I could not return. I am afraid of not being able to go out. I am sure that people who wait with me have similar reasons seperately. I don’t know how many of them were obliged to concoct excuse to take front queue. Either he “killed somebody” in his country or made somebody ill. Their queue was either taken front or not.
But I am just telling you my wish. “I want my travelling freedom! I did not do anything for this injustice. I am talking from a position where I can say, none of the people who wait with me has done anything. I had this record for helping. I will send it to you and make you see it. I hope that the process accelerates. I hope this works.
This is the reason of everything.
This is the reason of this art event.
I am here.”
Curated by Funda Oruç, Uğur Karagül
Artists: Ferhat Özgür, Gözel Radyo, Hakan Akçura, Maria Sezer, Nezaket Ekici, Ozan Adam, Şinasi Güneş
Contemporary art makes another appearance in Ankara. A new exhibition activity meets the audience in a dynamic and energetic platform. With Funda Oruç and Uğur Karagül as curators, Tornavideo exhibition will meet the audience in Tamirhane Bar, a meeting point of the youth.
When we take a look at the recent contemporary art history of Ankara down the time tunnel, we see that; the 1st -International Asia-Europe Art Biennial- in 1986 was motivating for Ankara art community. This biennial chain continued in 1998- 90- 92 years. By the end of 1980s, a student from Hacettepe University called Salim Özgilik, with the moniker -Moni-, exhibited some installations and performances challenging the established order of art environment.
Founded as a branch of the first foundation university established in Turkey in 1984, Bilkent University, Fine Arts, Design and Architecture Faculty became the focal point of innovative artists. And a group of students from Fine Arts, Design and Architecture Faculty at Bilkent University formed -Grup Grip-in-. Grup Grip-in held the -Popular Myths and Graphic Image Circulation- titled exhibition in Ankara Anfa Altınpark Exhibition Center in 1992. In 1993, -Hangar Artistic Organization- was founded by Cebrail Ötgün, Atilla İlkyaz and Cezmi Orhan. After making some important activities contributing to the contemporary art setting of Ankara, the organization split. The interesting -Gar Exhibition- held in Ankara Station in 1995 was shut in a single day. The installation of Selim Birsel, -Lead Sleep- is still engraved in our memories. -Youth Art Activity- has been organized four times, the first being in 1998. The most striking of these were -Youth Art-3- exhibition organized in Ankara Contemporary Arts Center in 2000 with Vasıf Kortun as the curator. This exhibition was really decisive in terms of historical process. If we examine this exhibition properly, we can clearly see that the artists in this exhibition today direct contemporary art movement in Turkey.
After that, the art practices in Ankara have frayed around the edges and seem to have run dry for so long. 2 young curators are making a stagnation-breaking contribution with the -Tornavideo- exhibition devoting all their dynamism into the work. -Tornavideo- exhibition activity contains the works of 7 contemporary artists: Ozan Adam, Hakan Akçura, Nezaket Ekici, Şinasi Güneş, Ferhat Özgür, Gözel Radyo and Maria Sezer.
The first Tornevideo exhibition artist is Ozan Adam, known for his experimental video and film works. The story of the artist’s film -The Two Names of A Testimony About The Execution of A Happening And A Suitcase Full of Broken Records- is mounted on some sequences from various stories in a sleeping man’s dreams. In another film of him, -Zymotic-Amaurosis: Contagious Arbitrary Blindness- he builds on how reality and subconscious are mixed up in a surreal way as a consequence of experiments performed on a blind man’s memory and dreams. The theme of these two films of the artist refers to psycho-social processes. And his film to be presented within the scope of Tornavideo exhibition is an animation. The music of this 1-minute animation called -Little Bird- is written by Ozan Akıncı. This animation is about the transformation of lines into shapes, then objects and figures by changing shape, and finally a spatial journey. This process takes place with a simple triangle turning into a pyramid object which is 3d form, then a cornered object after changing its shape, following it a human hand derived from this, and a woman figure with the re-forming of the hand, and finally transformation of this woman figure into a little bird flying in the tunnel of infinity. The artist finishes this animation, that begins with lines and turns into a bird figure and spreads into eternity, i.e. evolutionary process of forms with the idea of eternity ironically.
Another artist taking part in Tornavideo and describing himself as open flux artist is Hakan Akçura who lives in Sweden. The artist exhibited every document with the attribute of -mirror- requested from the persons on the internet according to their date of arrival in the –I Want My Mirrors– project leaving its mark on the minds of men. It should be noted that; Akçura also has some harsh and striking political works. One of them is the extraordinary video work he shot in Sweden with an individual named Abdulkadir Aygan, who once had connection with a terrorist organization [PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and JITEM (Gendarmerie Intelligence and Counterterrorism) HA] and then escaped and settled in Sweden. Akçura preferred to spread this video known as –It Is Enough That The Truth Comes Out-. The –Open Letter to Swedish Migration Board– titled video of the artist turns the residence permit extension decision waiting process of the artist in Sweden in 2006 into a video performance, and he describes this work as -for the sake of accelerating this process for myself and to support all waiting immigrants as far as possible–. The video of the artist to be presented in Tornavideo exhibition is again a video making reference to immigration and being an immigrant. His video –Catharsis– contains improvised actions of a group of immigrant youth in Stockholm. We can see the traces of being an immigrant in a foreign country, cultural entrapment, sense of belonging or shortly being stuck in between from the dictions, the musical tastes, dressing styles, dances and technological equipments of the youth.
Another artist in Tornavideo is Nezaket Ekici, a performing artist living in Germany. Taking every social fact as a subject, women’s problems being in the first place, the artist begins with expressing artistic actions with her body and turns them into a performance. Having also installation and video works, one of the artist’s projects -Self Diversity- is composed of performance and installations and questions gender, race and identity concepts. The performance-video with the title -Wardrobe- will be exhibited in -Tornavideo-. The artist stands before a two-door wardrobe half-naked and takes some clothes and puts them down. After this, the artist stars wearing the clothes continuously one after the other. As the clothes are put on successively, they start creating a physical pressure on the artist. However, the artist is insistent on wearing them. The artist’s insistence on wearing in her intellectual dimension clashes with the resulting physical pressure. This clash ends with the artist getting help from the individuals around. Emphasizing the naturalness of mankind at the beginning of the performance with -being naked-, the artist becomes distanced to this naturalness as she wears the clothes one after the other, and becomes alienated to herself first, and then the surrounding environment.
With his installations, works on canvas theoretically built on hermeneutics and constantly deconstructed, video art works where he interprets the visual sometimes with an ironical seriousness, and sometimes with a mise en scene language and his art aesthetics captured in the ordinary in all his works, one of the important projects of the contemporary artist Şinasi Güneş is -Obsession-. Seeing the light of day in 2005, this project helped to create a memory record in terms of audio art videos. The close ties of the artist with mail art have been actualized in his mail art projects on -Watch-, -Fundamentalism-, -Global Warming-, -Woman and Ecology-, -Gypsies-. Güneş also prepares street-art promoting publishes and fills a gap in this sense. He offers an alternative course to contemporary art practices with an e-zine named -e-benzin- published on electronic environment. Some of his videos area -Horned Toad-, -Anatolia-, -Batumi-, -After the Sheep-, -New York and Chewing Gum-. His video -New York and Chewing Gum- is built on the traces of many chewing gums deliberately or unconsciously thrown by people of New York to Brooklyn Subway floor. Having turned this performance into a book with the same title, the artist has completed the deconstruction process.
The artist is featured in Tornavideo with the -My Lovely Hats- titled video constructed again with an ironical and cynical mise en scene. The artist puts on several objects over his head like hats. There are art books, flower pots, bags, buckets, boilers etc. among these objects. Each hat refers to a social role and points to a character fact. The artist strengthens the sense of rhythm with a background rap song. We see ironic allusions in this video.
Ferhat Özgür, a contemporary artist living in Ankara, underlined and expressed urban progress of Ankara, rational and irrational results of modernism, city-individual and change facts in his -City Journal- titled exhibition composed of his photograph and video pieces of work. We witness the points underlined by the artist in the negative effects of recent urban transformation programs that eventually lead to -destruction- in metropolises particularly in Istanbul. A series of performative photo works of Özgür in historical places with the title -Jump”, and also the -Jump- titled video of him creates some mise en scene situations with the artist trying to touch the peak points by jumping. The artist added city-individual dualism building and history and expended the interpretation perspective. Getting involved in -Tornavideo- with his video titled -Upper Garden-, Ferhat Özgür appears with a different theme. In this video, he shows the military greeting ritual process in sequences with the preparation to ceremony until the end of ceremony. The artist begins with showing ritual elements like cannon ball, helmet, shoulder mark one after the other, and following this, we see some sequences from the march of soldiers and greeting ritual, then the greeting ritual ends.
An interesting artist in -Tornavideo- is Gözel Radyo, who first of all brings together cues with music and as a pioneer blends electronic music with arabesque and oriental tunes. Some of the released music albums are -No-Exotic-, -Sound of the World: Turkey- and their fanzine is entitled -Güzel Mecmuası-. The artist creates versatile alternative works. The video which will be shown in -Tornavideo- is -İsyanbul 2010-. The artist acts in his own way over some scenes and dialogues from old Turkish films and achieves a comic effect. At this point, there are some experimental verbal rhythms streaming and they accompany the images in the background. The artist begins the message bombardment with smart cards and continues with microchips and ends with GMO. The artist associates these elements with Istanbul 2010 project as the name suggests. The artist makes use of ad techniques in the presentation of the messages placed within the video flow in critical moments. Therefore, the influence area of the video is extended.
Another artist in -Tornavideo- is Maria Sezer who states -Opposing the nature and trying to dominate the nature does not always bring happiness to people- and uses nature and time as a reference in her artistic works. Time and change are states where the artist makes the ironic and complicated association of these two concepts an object of inquiry in her works or naturally exhibits it. In one of Sezer’s installation works taking Rapunzel story as the center, the artist nearly creates an image of ladder with black, long and bush-formed yarns just like Rapunzel’s hair. Having assembled beauty and nature concepts with the sense of protection in this work, the artist designs original raku plates by using the special firing technique known as raku in another exhibition. Being a notable expert of transforming natural materials, the artist will appear in -Tornavideo- with her video titled -Swarm- created with similar operations. The video begins with the display of a colony of bees flying in the air, and then the movements of bees in and out of their hives are shown like a ceremony to the audience. Each entry to the hive means that a brood waiting at a cell gets fed and remains alive. Each swarm becoming a grown bee moves out of the cell to make honey.
I think the most striking element in Tornavideo exhibition activity including Funda Oruç and Uğur Karagül as curators is that; most of the internationally active artists in the exhibition consist of the rare independent artists in Turkey.
I hope this exhibition will precipitate art project initiatives and serve as a factor in emergence of new breath in the contemporary art scene.
Opening January, 15 2010, Friday 19:30
Tamirhane Live Music
Tunalı Hilmi Cad. Bestekâr Sok. 49/A Kavaklıdere – Ankara (Old Getto Pub)
I will attend “Interzone/Nation” co-exhibition at Gallery Galženica, Zagreb, Croatia, between April 1- May 15, 2009
“Interzone: nation” is the second exhibition this year dedicated to the phenomenon of globalization. The topic of the exhibition deals with the impact of globalization processes on the projection of national identities. For instance, during the nineties, the countries of Middle and South-East Europe – which were looking for their place on the redrawn map of Europe – found themselves in a paradoxical position in which they had to denationalize their economy and nationalize their culture at the same time. The more a form of cultural practice seemed traditional and more particular, the more it was presented as a model by which other newly formed states were to follow in the process of self-identification. The following artists will point to this paradoxical position of projecting national identities: In his video work, Hakan Akçura (TR, S) will show the problems non-EU immigrants face in EU countries. A young artist from Dubrovnik working in Zagreb, who works under the art name of Id Sarup, will present himself with a video work in which he uses the television programme of the Croatian National Television (HRT) to bitterly and amusingly comment on the social state of affairs in Croatia. Meanwhile, Ana Lozica and Jasminka Končić will use their photographs, digital montages and animated films to point to the role of sport in forming (not only) the Croatian national identity. A video work from Saša Karalić (NL, BiH) under the title “Schwabo” will deal with the hybridism of every identity, including the national one, as well as its paradoxes and contradictories.
” (…) The concept of the nation is a complex one; to try and define the notion means taking into account a wide rage of criteria such as language, culture, dissent, history, religion, etc. Such so called objective criteria can be found in many of contemporary definitions of the notion of nation, such as the following: A nation is a relatively self-sufficient and stabile national life community, stemming out of the historical development of the associating of people into communities for the purpose of survival and development, which is characterized by a uniform state territory, common economical life, specific culture and language, adequate religion, a developed collective and individual awareness of national feeling. Another element is included in this complex definition, which can be labelled as a voluntary definition of a nation, the most famous of which is that of the French philosopher Ernest Renan. In his 1882 lecture What is a nation? he concluded that the nation is a daily plebiscite, which is based on the individual’s subjective criteria.
In the 21st century the problem of nation and its self-definition is not less complex; in fact, it could be argued that the question is more complicated than ever, especially when observed in the context of globalization. Globalization has not treated kindly the nation as idea, concept and social reality. The nation was associated with the backlash against irresistible historical forces, doomed to obsolescence by global postmodern culture, deprived of its institutional shell by the decline of the state, and with a questionable reputation among social scientists to boot, the nation appears to be rapidly fading into little more than a historical phenomenon. 
In the last couple of decades, central and south-east Europe found itself caught up between two extremities: between East and West, between capitalism and communism, between globalization as a factor of unifying and the tendency to create one’s own identity. In the early nineties, countries of this area found themselves in the paradoxical position in which they were to denationalize their economies and nationalize their culture at the same time. Today, the question arises – what does globalization mean for this area, what changes will it bring, how does it affect the projection of national identity? It is certain that in the contemporary world, the problem of nation and national identity cannot be examined separately from the process of globalization. This exhibition therefore looks at the phenomenon of nation and national identity within the globalization process, as well as the problems, paradoxes and ironies arising from that correlation (…)”
Ivana Hanaček, Klaudio Štefančić
Assistant curators: Sanja Horvatinčić, Nina Pisk
Interzone / Nation, exhibition April 1 – May 10, 2009.
Saša Karalić (NL, B i H) Id Sarup (HR) Hakan Akçura (TR, S) Jasminka Končić (HR) Ana Lozica (HR)
My works at the exhibition:
1. Open Letter to Sweden Migration Board (Öppet Brev till Migrationsverket / İsveç Göçmen Bürosu’na Açık Mektup) Videoperformance (51 min.) 2006 2. Good morning (Godmorgon / Günaydın)
Videoperformance with two parts