A vision of Turkey in 2023 as the nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic.
The pieces that make up the exhibition utilise mathematics and symbols to imagine a future disconnected from the past by the loss of language/alphabet - as occurred with Atatürk's language and alphabet reforms. All that is left is the common currency of money.
The works are a comment on the current political climate and the desire of the present leaders for a post-Kemalist, perhaps neo-Ottoman/neo-Caliphate future for Turkey.
At the same time the exhibition holds out the promise of a more pluralistic future while highlighting the fragile nature of the democratic process.
The spelling of “vizyon/vision” hints at the future alphabet reform which becomes clearer as the exhibition proceeds.
The actual proposed future alphabet is never explicitly described, but it is used in describing the pieces.
The new symbol of the state is the current star and crescent with the star rotated so that it faces forward and sits within the crescent. The symbol of state is also the symbol for the lira when placed before the number and the symbol for kuruş when placed after the number. The star representing the state is now engulfed by the crescent representing religion. The two combined to represent money.
Each piece in the exhibition explores notions of dimensions/time/senses to highlight aspects of the present and future.
The number 2023 is 17squared x 7, and these numbers occur as a theme throughout the project.
Two thousand and twenty-three pieces of Turkish delight which are there to be eaten.
The Turkish delight represents the engagement of all the senses - taste, touch, smell in addition to the senses and dimensions engaged with previously.
2023 pieces of Turkish delight (each about 6 cm cubed) arranged in 7 layers of 17x17.
The pile of Turkish delight sits on a base of black aluminium decorated with a top of gold and blue.
Red and white Turkish delight- rakı and anise flavored (100x100x50cm)
Black and Blue and Gold aluminium base (100x100x100cm)
Total dimensions 100x100x150cm.
The base itself sits on a floor of İznik tiles 300x300cm, which sits in a 500cm cube room with mirrors on all four walls and the ceiling. Total dimensions of project 500x500x500cm.
The Turkish delight is there to be eaten by the visitors to the gallery, and once eaten they reveal a blue and gold top to the base with a new symbol of state/currency, with the star and crescent fused into one symbol which even more resembles the euro sign.
The Turkish delight is arranged in red and white layers (stripes, echoing the American flag).
The İznik tiles themselves are created with wallpaper plane pattern number 17 (the most complex plane pattern) in colors echoing the American flag but utilizing the new star-crescent symbol of state/money/religion.
The rakı and anise-flavored Turkish delight are randomly red and white - one doesn't know if one is consuming alcohol or not (in reality all are anise-flavored).
A warning is given - “May contain alcohol”.