DIDEM ERK


Abandoned | Sahipsiz

collage and installation, 2009
------------------------------
exhibition: StoreySomethingson, 2009
------------------------------
collage: 3m*2m
installation: 7m * 2m * 3m

The collected old photographs are the starting point of this work. I had no information who they belong to, where they come from and who these people are. The problem of having them is a feeling of paradox of ownership. Those photographs are left overs of anonymous memories that have no possessors. They are publicly exposed and sold but privately recorded. Where can we decide to whom a photograph belongs to? How can a souvenir of a memory stay in limbo between public and private?

The figures that are removed from black and white photographs are accumulated in a constructed family tree to form a common history. The collage and the installation complement each other. The curtain of photographs which are revealing the original context where the figures really belong to. But they had been covered with polyvinyl chloride, to refreeze the already frozen moment of the photographs. It is a form to stop their state of anonymity because they are not photographs any more, just the images of them.

 

Didem Erk Abandoned

 

Didem Erk Abandoned

 

Didem Erk Abandoned