DIDEM ERK


command | ferman

installation, 2011
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2012, IFEELIAMEATINGMYMEMORIES, FASSART Gallery, Istanbul
2013, Mamut Art Project, Antrepo, Istanbul
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4m * 3.30m, dimensions variable
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black garbage bags , written texts in various minority language

Command | Ferman is realized after various encounters. I was working on the translation of a readymade utterance of a popular newspaper entitled Hürriyet. It is the statement “Türkiye Türklerindir | Turkey belongs to Turks” that has multiple meanings so that I have borrowed the readymade sentence. Then, I started to collect translations of this statement from the people around me. What is interesting about this work is that I did not prefer to use official translations but oral ones as if allowing a possible failure of interpretation. The languages of which I could find the oral translations were Hebrew, Armenian, Ottoman Turkish, Georgian, Kurdish, and Turkish. The translated sentences are written on black garbage bags in a style called ‘divani’ which is used for writing rescript (ferman) in the Ottoman era. Separately, one of them belongs to the traces of my own private history that is written with the technique of automatic writing. But what I consider essential about this one is its physical location in relation to others in the exhibition site. The other six of the Commands are very strictly and vertically positioned on the wall side by side but this one Command is stuck in a purgatory state at the corner.

 

Didem Erk � Command

 

Didem Erk | Command

 

Didem Erk | Command

 

Didem Erk | Command

 

Didem Erk | Command

 

Didem Erk | Command

 

Didem Erk | Command