The installation work consists of 6 videos, 3 objects and 2 digital print collages. It can be installed indoors and outdoor. (Thus all the images are mixedly shown from both versions)
*Çark' means cruising (for sex) in queer slang (Lubunca). The literal meaning in Turkish is cogwheel.
The ongoing project Çark addresses hypocrisy at the intersection of street and sexuality and began in a way of urban observation in Istanbul's Beyoğlu** neighbourhood during my time at Daire Artist in Residency Program Hasköy/Beyoğlu***.
In the beginning, I documented the sex worker and queer cruising areas that are primarily male-dominated in the city blind.
It was important for me to visualize in this way sexuality that is generally denied in public life in Turkey. Because of this taboo, "normal gestures" - such as normal looks, among other things - often become gestures of over-sexualization.
In my work, I play with this inversion.
In order to see the videos and collages, the pubic audience must assume certain positions reminiscent of sexual acts in the participatory installation, which consists of 5 videos, 3 objects, and 2 digital print collages.
The process started with the collages. Some colleges evolved to videos and some of the videos evolved to participatory objects.
All videos are shown in a loop. 3 of the 5 videos can be projected on a free surface or shown on 3 different screens.
The other 2 videos are shown from the 2 objects.
I took the form of this object from a small building* located in one of Istanbul's popular queer cruising areas. At night, despite the light of the street lamps, it is possible to find a hidden and unseen place in the shadow of this building.
In my installation, the audiences can enter the shed-like object and observe/"peep" the exhibition space through the mirror glass. At the same time, they can be also observed from the outside through the non-functioning "keyhole". In this way, visitors are invited to a cycle of observation.
Due to the height of the object, it is not possible to stay inside in an upright position. In this way, I would like to make the audience change their posture from observing to hiding.
*The building can be seen on Video I (Gezi).
The collages refer to the production process of the work. The process has started with the observation walks and documentation. During the walks, I collect many materials such as screenshots, photographs taken by me and found images. While I was categorizing the materials based on their context, I made the collages.
As I explained earlier, some of the collages evolved to videos. Then the videos evolved into objects.
is consisting of two images that have been taken by me and a found image. Images are taken in Berlin in a cruising toilet that has a glory-hole. Thus, it refers to my production process from Berlin to İstanbul and the hole metaphor I use on the objects.
is consisting of four images I took and one screenshot. It refers to the sex-working industry in İstanbul and its memory and visual traces.