The Island of Escape, Borders and Upcycling the Archive
My work entitled ‘The Island of Escape’, which I made in 2012 during my participation to Sinopale 4, was about the attempt of placing a pirate flag on the rock close to the shore, at the northernmost point of Turkey. This rocky island is a piece of land which has undefinable borders because of its location and size. It has an indented surface, which sometimes entirely disappears under the waves with the strong north wind, and reappears again the next moment. In addition to the video and the flag, I had mapped this little piece of land in four different ways, but in each of them the borders and its location looked different, like a ship that was moving and disappearing and reappearing in the waves. So, where is the northernmost point of Turkey in İnceburun exactly? It is almost impossible to locate this point, because it looks different every moment. The year I was in Sinop, during my excursion in Inceburun, I photographed different moments of ‘the Island of Escape’, always from the same perspective. I exhibit these photos from my own archive on the digital platform of Sinopale 8.
Based on extensive production realized during the 7 Sinopale by local and international artists, curators and academicians, as well as local NGO’s and the public, this version of Sinopale can focus on the main historical, geographical, political and cultural world phenomenon of Black Sea, which is in the hearth of Europe and Eurasia.
Apart from all political, economic, environmental disasters the world is facing now, the future of WATER will be more fundamental.