95th Anniversary of the Treaty of Lausanne at the Château d‘Ouchy


2018, HD film, 10 minutes


The film shows a performance in a room that was the scene of an important historical moment. It served as the conference room for the negotiations that led to the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923, in which Kurdistan was divided into four parts.



Today the room is a suite in a 4-star hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. I enter the space blindfolded (without having previously seen it) and attempt to orient myself. 


Since I am deprived of my sight, the spectator’s sense of sight is intensified, creating an opportunity for multiple spaces and levels of reality to be present at the same time. 



I blindfold myself to appreciate kurdish people who have been arrested or kidnapped by the government and have been blindfolded and taken to clandestine locations without knowing where they were.



 





Director of photography: Bernadette Paassen
Sound: Christina Ruloff
Sound Design: Manuela Shininá
Color Correction (Waveline): Matthias Behrens - Hanna Bergfors





Photos: Bernadette Paassen





                                  

Barikat

2017, HD film, 13 minutes


The film Barikat shows a performance of myself building a barricade. The basis for the work are the bomb attacks and impositions of curfews in residential areas in many Kurdish cities over the last few years.





Kurds have begun erecting barricades in order to protect themselves from the attacks.

 At the end of the performance I write the sentence “My daughter, I hope you won’t get out of this bunker alive” in Kurdish on a banner. This sentence refers to an incident that took place in the city of Cizre in 2016.

 





Despite of the curfews, a young woman attempted to help 60 wounded people who had taken refuge in a bunker.


Her mother was afraid that the Turkish army would torture her if she was caught. She told the press that she would perfer her daughter die in the bunker than be captured by the Turkish army.



 

Director of photography : Rita Pereyra

Sound: Laura Ferrara

Sound Design: Manuela Shininá

 




 


 

 





 

 








 






Akademie der Künste, Berlin 2017

Photos: Laura Ferrara and mcan              



 

 

Blindfolded

2015, HD film, 13 minutes


“Blindfolded” describes the memories of a Kurdish woman from Turkey who at the age of twelve was arrested and tortured along with her sisters after the military coup in 1980.






 


She represents an entire generation which grew up in a highly politicized environment and experienced the violent actions of the state. The protagonist is filmed from behind, her hands clasped behind her back. This pose refers to the Palestinian cartoon character Handala by Naji Salim al-Ali.






Director of photography + Sound: Mirkan Deniz






Akademie der Künste, Berlin 2017 


Photos: mcan