DIDEM ERK

"No Flag"

Photography | Fotoğraf, 2017
Pigment print on Hahnemühle fineart paper | Hahnemühle fineart kağıda pigment baskı
106 x 160 cm
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2017, "Home is a Place Called Never" | "Ev İmkansız Denen Yerdir", x-ist, İstanbul
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courtesy of the artist
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It can neither be lived in nor can the old residents return. If it can no longer be lived in, can it be considered a house? “No Flag” is the photograph of a window from inside an abandoned house in Datça. Across, Symi and encountered graffiti.

"The same line of though can also be traced in Erk’s photographs; she ultimately adds another layer of translation of a performative act into photography with the ‘disappearance’ of the present by underlining a “decisive moment” in Bresson’s sense.1 “Photography must seize upon this moment and hold immobile the equilibrium of it”.2 In this respect, this tidal situation through the disappearance of the present by underlining a decisive moment produces the narration of the performative act that is only completed in the imagination of the audience. The details of the photographs gives hints to the audience to complete this process, hence, the stories are never told or never ends by the artist.  However, Erk gives another direction to these incomplete narrations with the titles of each photograph. Such as Sprout from the open window out of ashen house, 2013 or Now, we can Sink into a deep sleep, 2017.  What is seen and being witnessed plunges into narrations of concealed fractions of memory. "3

1 Bresson explains the decisive moment as “photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression” in his book The Decisive Moment (1952), p. 155.

2 Cartier Bresson, Henri (1952). The Decisive Moment. New York: Simon and Schuster Press. p. 47

3 Başak Şenova, A Clandestine Passenger, 2017



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Didem Erk Abandoned

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