We Speak Through The Sound of Junks

We Speak Through The Sound of Junks, 2006

Ferhat Özgür

Sinopale 1, “Thing”
curator: T. Melih Görgün

“We Speak Through The Sound of Junks” 2006, video, 7:25”

The video demonstrates several workers who are dealing with junks-scraps in a small workshop named “Sahinler Metal” in Ankara. A container, which we see sometimes and being used by these workers, in this video, averages 60 kg large block from each material a day. The blocks later on are transported to the main factory in İstanbul from Ankara in order to be used in recycling. That is why the workshop was fairly noisy all day long and the workers Recep, Turan and Duran had been working for ten years in this small workshop and speaking through the sound of junks. What was astonishing that the worker were reminding us that as if they were struggling with the junks, with regard to their production style, as some protagonists like Cezar, Warhol did. In this sense, it did not seemed strange to perceive the enviroment and the workers like an artist’s studio.

According to Sahinler Metal’s information (junk-iron dealer), the purchase prices of each item per kg are following:

Copper: 9 TRY (New Turkish Lira)

Brasses: 6 TRY

Aluminum: 2.5 TRY

Zinc: 4TRY

Lead: 1 TRY

Chromium: 1.50 TRY

Tin cups: 1.80 TRY

Scraps: 0.20 TRY