"prayers accepted", 2010, video animation, 8''

place: karakoy, istanbul

Coming across a fake tomb in one of the main working districts of Istanbul, I kept going back to it to unravel further the local narratives behind it and to trace the visually observable changes caused by cultural, social and politic dynamics. The neighboring shopkeeper had the initial idea to transform some found left overs from a previous building into a fake tomb to solve the problem of "the unbearable smell of urine". I documented the changes in this spot for a year in the form of photographs, daily dialogues and interviews. I transformed these documentations into collages and drawings, which were then transformed into an animation telling the story of the tomb. I worked on the text layer as a character in the animation, introducing different quotes from the interviews with the shopkeepers. It was one of these shopkeepers who had the idea to transform a cement block into a tomb to keep this neighboring place clean. The animation is a record of the dynamics at play regarding the transformation and sustainability of this spot. The text, which is actually taken from the print out from transcribed interviews, is also transformed into a visual element for the animation.

An everyday mythology of the local, this work also has another layer: A series of ironic "mani"s (a traditional Turkish quatrain form) telling the same story in the form of text. The shopkeepers keep the texts and photocopy them for those who are curious about the place.

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Istanbul’da, yikilan bir binadan kalan bosluk, pis kokuya yol açmaktadir. Komsu
esnaf rahatsizdir. “Dualar Kabul” isimli calisma, esnafin pislige getirdigi cozum, ve
bu çözüm karsisinda bir dizi esnafin yorumuna odaklanir. Söz konusu mekan, ayni
zamanda “piyasa”daki boyalari sergilemek için de kullanilmakta, devamli degismekte
ve dönüsmektedir. 2010 Avrupa Kültür Baskenti çalismalari nedeniyle yarim kalmis bir
kentsel dönüsüm projesi dahilinde ortaya çikmis bu artik mekan (ya da bosluk), bir
sene boyunca belli araliklarla belgelenmistir. Ortaya çikan deneysel animasyon, biriken
fotograflar ve komsu esnafla yapilan röportajlardan yola çikar. (Pislige çözüm uydurma
türbeden mi gelmektedir, el degistiren komsu dükkandan mi?) Çalisma, belgeler kadar
niyeti, pet sisesindeki tineri, belediye sarisini ve dualari da dikkate alir. Bu çalisma için,
sanatçi tarafindan bir dizi mani de yazilmistir. Fotokopi olarak dagitilmaktadir.

8dk. video projeksiyon, deneysel animasyon