After collapse of the peace talks, the war moved into the cities. Seven towns are destroyed. I wanted to document this destruction, in one of these towns Yüksekova / Hakkari. Heavy military presence and ongoing tension in the region did not let me work freely. Shaped with the difficult conditions, I had to improvise in form and content to carry the stories out. The work includes several still images, videos.
the State we are in
2019 – HD Video, 8’33”, Kurdish with English subtitles.
The piece is based on a copy of Picasso’s Guernica that I found in Yüksekova-Hakkari, one of the seven towns that have been destroyed in the state-led destruction in Southeast Turkey. Filmed candidly in the ruined city town of Yuksekova, the work is a contemporary reading of Guernica in the light of recent warfare in Kurdistan.
stills from “the State we are in”