Akrep


three parts:

(1x2 m; 1x2 m; 3x2 m) metal

2017


This work reconstructs different parts of the tank “Scorpion” (“Akrep” in Turkish), which is used against the population in Kurdish regions.


The installation “Akrep” confronts exhibition visitors on a physical level in a variety of ways.


 


The work is a true-to-scale reconstruction of the individual components, distributed individually throughout the space. The actual size of the vehicle can thus be inferred. The pieces of the vehicle are deliberately placed in the space in an awkward way, so as to prohibit unimpeded passage through the room.


In this way visitors are compelled to find their own way through the parts of the vehicle, their movements determined by the structure of the installation.


This installation reflects on the arbitrary quality of violence without explicitly representing it. The work also addresses the question of how different perspectives influence the way in which the concept of “security“ is perceived.



 



 


 

Les Complices* , Zurich 2017


Photos: mcan






 Masa

 

 2015, sculpture, 3 x 1 m, wood,   velvet, metal sign

 

The work “Masa” (English: table) refers to the Treaty of Lausanne, which was signed in Lausanne in 1923. It redrew the borders of Turkey and Greece and also distributed Kurdistan between Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria. The treaty amounts to a disenfranchisement of Kurds and Armenians.

       

Akademie der Künste, Berlin 2017



“Masa” deals with the places and objects connected to this Treaty. In 2008 the Federal Council Pascal Couchepin gave as a gift the table on which the peace treaty was signed to his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gül. 


After extensive research the artist decided to produce a replica of the original table and to offer it as a gift (back) to Switzerland.






In 2015 the first action was organized in front of the Palais de Rumine in Lausanne. In 2016 the action was repeated in Bern in front of the Federal Palace. The “gift” has so far been declined.


The context of the Lausanne Peace Treaty raises the specter of how to evaluate the role of Switzerland in this process, even if the country itself tries to restrict its role to that of a non-participating “host”.


Public action, Lausanne 2015


                 






 


 

 





Public action, Bern 2015     

                                   

                    


Akademie der Künste, Berlin 2017

 

 

 

Shedhalle, Zurich 2015



Photos: Sascha Ettlin and Laura Ferrara