from "Blow-up: Kavunu Gördüm" (I saw the melon), performative group exhibition
performed and exhibited at SALT Galata, Istanbul for 4 days from 12 pm to 6 pm.
"Blow-up: Kavunu Gördüm" is a process based collaborative performative exhibition, realized with 4 artists; Elif Süsler, Şafak Çatalbaş, Didem Erk, Aslı Narin. It is the second event, we organized, after "Three-Legged Table: An Organism" (2016) at REM Art Space for 9 days.
Melon is the most ancient fruit of which the seeds are domesticated and it has been witnessing to our collective and private actions. During the preparation phase, Şafak collected ‘‘whispers’’ from everyday life conversations which she had listened secretly, and made a performance where she left a melon at different places in the city and ran away. During this process, I recorded her performance through photography and video. Then, on computer, I enlarged them and extracted details except the main event, so I singled out the mundane which is happening outside of the absurd intervention of the artist.
During the exhibition, I am trying to come up with a fiction/story which has a partial continuity with the chords growing everyday during the process of 4 days. While deciding on the images, I am also trying to match the quotes I collected and stocked from dystopian/absurd novels. While searching for relevant texts, I am repeating them by speaking out loud with a microphone. When Şafak is performing a meditative séance in the melon circle, she is trying to remember the whispers she collected and speaks them out loud, with mistakes and different combinations. I am taking notes of them and create new quotes to add underneath the images alongside the quotes in my collection. So the text becomes a mix of everyday life sentences from private conversations and quotes from books, which are open to public.