Wagers are made.
Wars are waged.
Whole cities of peoples are effaced.
Collateral? That’s the balance of the wager.
That is the part that is confiscated, when the paper towers fall.
When the armies roll, when the generals brawl.
It is us all.
Hostages to powers beyond recall.
Rebuilding children’s fantasies
Exposed to war and violence in different ways, the artists of AR (Artists at Risk) tell stories of migration, war and resistance as witnesses.
An exhibition with Issa Touma (Aleppo), Erkan Özgen (Diyarbakir), Pınar Öğrenci (Istanbul) and Chto Delat (St. Petersburg).
Curated by Perpetuum Mobile
Works in the Exhibition:
Issa Touma with Floor van der Meulen and Thomas Vroege, 9 Days from My Window in Aleppo, documentary film, 12’36”, 2015. European Short Film Award winner, 2016.
In August 2012, Syrian photographer Issa Touma spent nine days holed up in his apartment, filming the emerging civil war outside his window.
Erkan Özgen Adult Games Adult Games, video, 3'55'', 2004
“Adult Games” played by the kids leads us to the clashes existing upon the world of our contemporary times and to the plays being played in this land in a tragic form.
Pınar Öğrenci, A Gentle Breeze Passed Over Us, video, 5'55'', 2017.
Risking his life on this voyage across the Aegean Sea, a young musician from Baghdad leaves behind a rich world of culture; his instrument, the oud, is left floating on the waters.
Chto Delat, It Hasn’t Happened To Us, Yet. Safe Haven. 36’24’, video, 2017.
Fleeing to a Safe Haven, five artists face a conflict between immersion in everyday, peaceful life or returning to real struggle and danger. This is a story about what hasn’t happened to us yet.
All the artists in the exhibition have worked with Perpetuum Mobile and/or its Artists at Risk (AR) programme.
Collateral takes place in the frame of parallel events of the 15th International Istanbul Biennial and is part of the Mahalla festival.
MARSistanbul is supported by SAHA as part of “Grant for the Sustainability of Independent Art Initiatives 2016–2017”.