DIDEM ERK

"Sprout from the Open Window out of the Ashen House" | "Bitiyor Açık Pencereden Bitiyor Külrengi Evde"

Photography | Fotoğraf, 2013
Pigment print on Hahnemühle fineart paper | Hahnemühle fineart kağıda pigment baskı
160 x 106 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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“Sprout from the Open Window out of theAshen House” was the photograph of an encounter in Kapalı Maraş (Varosha), but if we were to go there right now, the house would still be standing the same way. In a city frozen within time and wire fences, a nest stuck in limbo. 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? "Ece Ayhan’s 1956 poem, “Children’s Death Songs” may have been this exhibition’s equivalent in poetry: “The hour/ whatever it is/ children’s death songs/ the hour/ whatever it is/ children’s/ sprout from the open window/ out of the ashen house.”1

"What is seen and being witnessed plunges into narrations of concealed fractions of memory."2

1 "Home is a Place Called Never",conversation ,Didem Erk& Işın Önol, 2017

2 Başak Şenova, A Clandestine Passenger, 2017


Didem Erk Abandoned

Didem Erk Abandoned