HOLE (2015) 3 videos / 8 min 15 secs each
HOLE (2015) directs Didem Özbek to Kumkapı, where the characters in Sait Faik’s story (A Watermelon Exhibition) used to swim in 1936’s Istanbul. In the summer of 2015, an endless wall of construction panels blocks the Marmara Sea. An underwater tunnel to join Europe to Asia with a highway is under construction where the sea is banned to reach. Passing a time tunnel virtually, as if Alice in Wonderland, Özbek finds a hole on the wall dragging her to a group of swimmers by the seaside. The time there seems like stuck in 1936. Meanwhile Kumkapı, a fishing village of the past has turned into a touristic stage of endless restaurants hiding Istanbul’s Migrant Detention Centre on its back. The Princess Island’s of Sait Faik blinks vaguely on the horizon. The three different versions of the video aims to transfer Özbek's puzzling feeling of catching peculiar details every time she reads A Watermelon Exhibition. The spectator is free to get into the hole in any part they prefer to interpret this story.