fragments of a resistance
2015, Master’s project (Art University Linz, 2015; supervisor: Tina Frank)
Artist’s book, 19 x 24 cm, edition of 34 books
The project “fragments of a resistance” is an approach to one’s own memory and personal views in a political event – resulting from the urgent need to communicate, document and somehow make the atmosphere and dynamics experienced during the protests 2013 in Istanbul tangible. I tried to find a visual language for this, in order to bring an unspeakable, multilayered feeling into a form. The product of this examination is a book – an artist’s book, an abstract graphic novel – in an edition of 34 copies.
Werkstatt am Hauptplatz (Linz, 2015)
Calling Istanbul (Gesellschaft für Kulturpolitik, Linz, 2015)
Frühjahrsausstellung zu den Schönsten Büchern Österreichs 2015 (designforum Wien, Vienna, 2016)
Salon für Kunstbuch (Vienna)
21er Haus – Salon für Kunstbuch (Vienna)
footnote – centre for image and text (Belgrade)
The book is constituted of a visual and an informing part (= glossary). The storytelling in the visual part stays cryptic and nonlinear, in order to rather open an imaginative space where the viewers can dive into. I am visually condensing my impressions of the protests, producing analog collages, décollages and fragments. Textual reflections consist of various layers as well: my own thoughts are accompanied by Elias Canettis text “Crowds and Power” (= text on small sized pages), Çağla Aykaçs Essay “Strong Bodies, Dirty Shoes: An Ode to the Resistance” (= text on transparent paper) and graffiti captured in public space in the seminal period of the protests. The glossary contextualizes and translates Turkish phrases into English.