The Path (2016-2017)
The work consists of 3 stair structures which are accompanied by 3 channel videos and 2 digital drawings.
The work is about my struggle with Istanbul in the period of one year (2014-2015) before I immigrated to Berlin. In the work, I am trying to understand and question a clash and a relation between a city and an individual.
The city, as the material form of the hegemony of the regnant ideologies, has been being a playground for progressivism. It has to change fast to accommodate the rapidly changing ideologies and/or economic profits. In this flow, the individual is forced to be a part of the dynamics of the transformation of the city. In this case, the individual has to find a position between her/his/their own existence interdependence with the city and the transformation of the city or face the inevitable self-alienation.
The structures are made of pre-fabricated industrial metal stairs, which are arranged into an endless pathway. The stairs, leading nowhere, have lost their primary function. The structure is meant to be installed outside in a public space and meant to be stepped and walked upon by the public.
This labyrinth-like pathway refers to the chaotic endless nature as well as the view of Istanbul. This specific aspect of the city is stuck in my mind. In other words, I want to express what is left of Istanbul in my mind. This structure is an invitation for Berlin citizens to experience Istanbul was formed by
The structure offers no place to stay but just walkways to pass through...
The metaphor of the stairs refers to the highway footbridges that I had to use often on the long way from somewhere to somewhere in the year 2014-2015 (in Istanbul). By looking at my experience, I am also trying to understand and question the individual being trapped between his/her everyday life and ideals/goals.
Looking back, I understand and I felt alienated to the city and my life on those footbridges. They occupy a lot of space in my memories. In that one year that I decided to move to Berlin, I understood that I experienced Istanbul while on the way.
I realized I remember Istanbul as a path without beginning&end and
entrence&exit. Also, a path that does not bring you to the destination it promises.
The industrial components of the installation do not show any personal details or traces. I want to avoid visible individual details. Thus I want to express the contradiction of a city and its residents, that it belongs to its residents but cannot be embraced by the residents.
On the other hand, in the fractures of these impersonal forms, I try to place the questions and their answers, that are about where are we in the triangle of a city's urban transformation, political happens and our personal lives.
Top left: Yaka I
Bottom right: Yaka II
Yaka means in Turkish side. With the two A1 digital drawings, I tried to express the map of Istanbul from my way of looking.