Extracts from “Eclipsed Voices”
10th March - 2nd April 2010
OPENING: 9th March, 7 PM - 9.30 PM
PROJECT CURATOR: Başak Şenova »
curated by Başak Şenova
The exhibition presents two works whose subject matters alter diverse issues of social, political, cultural, and economic aspects of our daily life. Each work, in its own way, has the restrained intention of trying to understand the local realities that surround us and shape our identity.
The definition of freedom, security, and existence multiply with shifty conditions. While hopes, passions, and dreams are all embodied in oppressed situations, the potential to explode and implode at any time was inscribed to their very existence. Such a potential acutely depicts a kind of resistance mechanism towards mental occupation. In this respect, the intensity of the pressure of mental occupation – in every possible layer: political, territorial, spatial, psychological, economical, social – complete the creation of personal narratives, remote from a dominating system.
The “off-the-record” narratives have the potential to generate voids in the vortex of registered histories. We clearly witness such narratives in different verbal and visual levels in each work. At the same time, the acts of confrontation, integration, and adaptation are possible only through these ephemeral and fragmented memories, since they indicate the construction of defense mechanisms for “occupied” lives. In any case of political and economical imposition and repression, identities have systematically been lost and fragmented. At personal levels, identities are re-constructed with fragmentation of the narrations – as memory extracts – and the disconnected temporality of multiple realities.
The works will be accompanied with thin publications, which are part of the installations. They will function as diaries of the projects. These diary books address an attempt and even a mere experiment to document a documentation process itself. Through these books, reviewing subjective details about personal narratives would eventually form another layer to re-consider "historical facts" and would simply lead us to question what it means to accept a fact as a "fact".