DIDEM ERK


“I wish I could not be Traced in the Archives” | “Arşivlerde İzim Bulunmasın İsterdim” (Mekanım Datça Olsun | May Datça Be My Resting Place)

Performance and video installation, 2017
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2017, TarraWarra International 2017: All That is Solid..., TarraWarra Museum of Art, Australia
2017, "Home is a Place Called Never" | "Ev İmkansız Denen Yerdir", x-ist, İstanbul
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Courtesy of the artist
Camera | Kamera: Bahadır Cihangir Genç
Translation | Çeviri: Melis Bilgin
Performance Book | Performans Kitabı: Can Yücel
produced with the support of SAHA Association | SAHA Derneği'nin desteğiyle üretilmiştir
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Double Channel | Çift Kanallı full HD video (16'39'', 19'04'')
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The book page first turns into a sheet of paper and then an object whose content we can no longer access. An object that does not want to be traced in the archives. We cannot read it, we cannot go back and look at it, but it draws paths, it draws a map of paths. Maybe for those who have the courage to follow me, so that they can trace the path back home. But the paths don’t lead anywhere; they just become visible. In both videos, both the pace of the specific place (city or town) and my walking pace are relevant. I read stories in one and poems in the other. In one, my pace becomes more important because the poems have their own rhythm and I have to remain in harmony with their voices. This may be too slow for the viewer in haste; they may not keep up with all of it. But I feel the need to keep the videos a little longer so that we may experience the time of that place. The videos could have been hours long and so, unwatchable; and that would say something else. We mostly follow the time of the limits my body pushes. I choose to end the performance at the moment when I can no longer continue. There’s next to no editing in the videos and that’s a choice to preserve the naturalness of time and space. We can witness the sun rise and set in both.

"her act of walking while reading a book and the sequence of eating each page of the book after she completes it suggests a repetitive act that overlaps what we hear, what we see and what we imagine. The landscape, the language, the sound, and the act blend in each other. Nevertheless, the only witness of these performances is the camera. There is no audience. The act is never happens in the present, always archived. The locations of these works are quite important, as they not only form historical, but also political, social and cultural grounds for the works" 1

1 Başak Şenova, A Clandestine Passenger, 2017


Didem Erk | I wish I could not be traced in the archives 2

Didem Erk | I wish I could not be traced in the archives 2

Didem Erk | I wish I could not be traced in the archives 2

Didem Erk | I wish I could not be traced in the archives 2