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The exhibition turned into a performance where I went around the exhibition with a pen in hand, noting down the residents' reflections upon meeting the photographs, drawings and objects I had collected over a short period to trace a portrait of the hidden VOIDs OF LODZ. In the center of the room were a group of pieces I had collected from a huge branch of a tree. A branch that grew too long parallel to the ground. For this exhibit, I transformed the existing objects I found in this 30 year-old gallery to hold the pieces together. The unattended objects became HOLDERS of the void... I did not exhibit all the branches. Some I took back to the tree. Some were put in a found bag and hung at the gallery. The walls kept a diary of connections between different VOID-holders of the city of LODZ. The pebbles from the bed of a lost river were exhibited on a crystallized ash tray placed upside down. I really need to find the photos from the pieces to put here... Showing and not showing... Sometimes somethings want to keep on hiding.

“How does a void look like in Lodz?”
Or “what does a void look like?”
A proposal by Evrim Kavcar realized with and at Wschodnia Gallery

These maybe the names for the exhibition I am proposing to celebrate the 30th year of this private and non-profit gallery that I am curious to meet. This will be a chance for me both to share with you my adventures with “the void” and to produce a new work that tries to grasp the shape of the void in Lodz.

Void: A feeling, a concept, a subject, a presence or an anti-presence that I am fascinated with more recently. A void in a city, a void in a person, a void in the eyes... The void takes may shapes, and it is not very easy to track it down. It can also be easily mistaken for emptiness or blankness. Abyss, cavity, hole, vacuum, pit... How do you call a void? How do you describe or name a ... ?

To be able to talk about the void with you, I will re-view and re-handle one of my works that most corresponds to the void on a social level. It is called “Prayers Accepted” dated 2010, and it is an animation. It focuses on an urban void in Karaköy, a district of İstanbul. It is a place which is transformed into a fake outdoor shrine by its neighbours. Today, after 4 years I will re-visit this specific spot. I will share with you my findings on this re-visit.

To be able to talk about the void with you, I may also bring along a photograph from a recent site specific work I have realized in Mardin, a city in the southeast of Turkey, bordering Syria. To be able to talk about the void with you, I can also bring along a work in progress since it is trying to handle the void as I experience it in Mardin.

Finally, and most importantly of all, I wish to find out how the void is doing in Lodz. What does it look like? For you, what does the void resemble? Given your descriptions of the void, I will try my best to build models of the void as described in Lodz, out of found or recycled materials.

NOTES:

1.
“The obstinate miner 
of the void 
exploits 
his fertile mine” 
Jean Cocteau ; From Le Cap de Bonne- Esperance (The Cape of Good Hope) (Paris:
Gallimard, 1919), 28, 35.
2.
“Mind the gap” 
"Mind the gap" is an audible or visual warning used in the UK to take caution while crossing the gap between the dorr of the train and the station’s platform.
3.
“Dikkat Boşluk Var”
“Dikkat Boşluk Var” is a signage that is placed for pedestrians to take caution while walking by the construction sites. It is placed to keep pedestrians from accidentally stepping into the huge holes in the ground.

opening: 14th November 2014, 7.00 pm.
the exhibition from the cycle Wschodnia Near East

(30 years of Wschodnia Gallery (1984–2014)
The 30th anniversary of Wschodnia Gallery project is subsidized
by Ministry of Culture and National Heritage)

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