Kutluğ Ataman – 1+1=1 (2002) & Küba (2004)

Two inspirational pieces by Kutluğ Ataman.

1+1=1 is about;

“subject of a woman who is Turkish but lives on the Southern Greek side of the island of Cyprus. She has two divided and very emotionally charged stories. One side tells of her escape from the Greek massacres of the Turks before the Turkish intervention, and the other side recounts her escape from living under Turkish nationalism and her reaction to this experience after the invasion. She is divided in two, like the island itself, going from one side to another, constantly escaping from one half of the island to the other, although it is risky to cross the green line that divides the two geographies.

The work consists of two large video projections that can be projected on any two walls that form a corner. The two screens touch each other exactly at the line where two walls touch each other. It appears as if the same woman with the same outfit and appearance is sitting at opposite ends of the same table and that the two figures are recounting their opposing but also uniting experiences to each other. One woman talks about her experiences as a Cypriot on the Greek side of the divided island of Cyprus and the other woman as a Cypriot on the Turkish side of the divided island.”

And “Küba” relates to my idea that I will use in my Final Major Project, where under each poster there will be a small A6 sized LCD that will show static tv to represent the thoughts, emotions and confusion of the characters, and the audio will be vox-pops of each interviee that what was present during the “11 dark years”.

The installation is about;

“Küba takes its name from a shanty town neighborhood in Istanbul. The name of the town is not official. It is an invention of its residents.

This 40 monitor installation is an island of 40 narratives. The viewer walks through these, and haphazardly chooses which subject’s story to listen to. This allows each viewer to come away with their unique experience, and understanding of what the story of Küba is.

The residents have very modest backgrounds, living as social outcasts on the outskirts of the city. Yet their strong characters are a testimony to the fact that they are at the very center of their own realms. As the residents tell their very individual stories, they exercise yet another quite unexpected construction. Almost like a beehive at work, telling their own personal narratives, they construct a shared singular identity, namely being a Küban. The meaning of being an individual; of belonging to a community; the rules of belonging and of being an outsider; the nature of identity as a cultural construction; the nature of the being at the receiving end of that narrative construct as the viewer; – these become some of the main questions of Küba.”

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