the State we are in / 2016 – 2019

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.

still from “the State we are in”

still from “the State we are in”

 

stills from “the State we are in”