” Imagined Homes” .
6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
SMCA (State Museum of Contemporary Art)
Sept 30 2017 – Jan 14 2018 Thessaloniki – Greece
I am delighted to invite you to the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art where I am presenting my work ‘HOME’ in the framework of the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art with the theme “Imagined Homes”. “HOME” has a personal starting point which is the actual and symbolic quest for my grandmother’s house in Burdur, Turkey (formerly Polydorion). It traces the route of the forced migration that she took in 1922 from Burdur to Izmir. It is a self-reflective project, like a visual diary, including photographs, video footage, interviews, archival research, personal and found objects from the areas where the enforced immigration has happened. The diary exchange ‘Mapping of a trace’ with Apostolis Artinos accompanies the work.
My work ‘Home’ started during my participation in TANDEM -Turkey 2015-6. I am grateful to the organisations and people that supported my research and work : Irem Argat and Serra Özhan-Yüksel from Anadolu Kultur, Sarah Herke and Henrieke Moll from Mit Ost, Philipp Dietachmair from European Cultural Foundation, Stiftung Mercator and of course my Tandem partner Nazlı Deniz Oguz. With the support of Hahnemühle FineArt and JM solutions. .
Please have a look at Kathimerini article by Maro Vasileiadou here (in greek only)