DIDEM ERK


“Home is a Place Called Never” | “Ev İmkansız Denen Yerdir"

Performance and video installation, 2017
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2017, “Home is a Place Called Never” | “Ev İmkansız Denen Yerdir”, x-ist, Istanbul
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Courtesy of the artist
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Çift Kanallı | Double Channel full HD video (11'44'',11'44'')
Kamera | Camera: Bahadır Cihangir Genç
Müzik | Music: Etkin Çekin
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"I never felt I belonged anywhere; that may be why I always look out to the sea. The seaside is like a threshold, you’re neither on land nor at sea. A place that belongs to no one. The semaphore alphabet is a language used in nautical emergencies; my gesture displays the code “to annul”. On one channel of the video, across from us is the Island of Symi, on the other emptiness. We see the backside of Symi; on the side facing Turkey, there are no settlements, just a prison. On the other, we see a woman looking into the emptiness at Gereme Cove and trying to stand still throughout the music. She’s alone, she has a message and colors in her hands. As the waves crash, she seems about to lose balance; the sun sets or dawns slowly. Whether it’s a call for help or a form of resistance is uncertain. The sea may as well have become a place of resistance, much like memory. She tries to forget what she remembers, those who went to sea, those who arrived on sea, those driven off their homes and soil. I care very much about the relationship between performance or the performative and memory; ontologically a performance exists right then and even the existence of its recording is against its nature. I may be providing an impression but the performance as a whole is hanging in that moment and there."1
" the artist once again chooses a very specific location that would generate hundreds of questions and stories along with a repetitive performative act which inhabits different details and symbols that never work against the concepts of ‘possession’ and ‘state of belonging’.  With the repetition, the act becomes motionless and as a clandestine passenger, Erk divorces the facticity of narration from what she shows and lets the audience to complete this voyage by writing their own story."2

1 Home is a Place Called Never, Conversation, Didem Erk& Işın Önol, 2017
2 Başak Şenova, "A Clandestine Passenger", 2017

 

Didem Erk | Home is a Place Called Never

 

Didem Erk | Home is a Place Called Never

Didem Erk | Home is a Place Called Never

Didem Erk | Home is a Place Called Never