videoart – 2003 – turkey – dv – 4’
director: ethem özgüven
animation: jakub michalski
music: alper maral
sound bülent özcan
actually richard was a barbarian
the logics of exploitation works like that. even if you - as a savage - would comprehend the values you own but you have not enough weapons to defend them, the colonialists will take them away. however, the quality of the savage, the attribute that differentiates him from the colonialist (at least in this case) is not to be more human or humanistic but to be more primitive. Even if he would have been aware of the values at hand he would not have been able to protect them.
exploitation - in a sense it is a concept opposite to being human or being civilized. there is no chance to save any beauty or value from the hands of a barbarian in a world where almost throughout all times the balance was in favor of the barbarian or the colonizer. there is no chance for salvation. The people of southern Mediterranean coast of the 20th century were not aware of the values they possessed. Like the evening winds, bonitos and the ancient towns such as termessos, phaselis… the barbarian came and took it. with more plain words antalya was changing hands from one barbarian to another.
the ones who sold antalya or changed it to casinos, holiday resorts, show girls and concrete blocks were really barbarians. up to these days most of the antalians do not know how to swim or to eat fish. even today they don't know the names of most of the fish.
the narration of the changes, processes and results may sound very male. the decision mechanisms during all the times were male and maybe they still are. these circumstances don't contradict with anything we know.
barbarian is male = male is barbarian
today from all the ports of turkey boats without sails and souls, who resemble watermelon shells, who resemble anything else but boats set out with the "10th year march" screaming at highest levels as if they the went to war, as if they went to win back the lost battles... the voices on top of those boats destroy any meaning of the language.
from the boats concrete heaps of cities are to be seen. on the boats there are barbarians who still don't know how to swim and actually don't like the sea dancing with their backs to the sea.
and shortly I will tell you this story this way:
the antalians learned swimming or that swimming is actually a nice thing from the back bag tourist Richard.
the istanbuller who look down on the antalians learned about antalya and kaş as well as the rest of the beautiful places at the south coast from the same richard in the coffee houses in sultan ahmet. with this knowledge istanbuller settled down in antalya.
that is why the destruction of antalya was so cruel and out of hands. the newcomers were as barbarian as the locals. the invasion was in a whole quest of colonization…