Home Is A Place Called Never

7 Sep 2017 – 14 Oct 2017

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Tuesdays-Saturdays 10.30am-7.30pm

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Galeri x-ist

Istanbul, Turkey


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This solo exhibition of Didem Erk, assembles works that aim to understand how memory gets erased or enforced, perhaps depending on the intensity of pain, on the various shores that migration departs from, or seeks to reach.


From a conversation between Işın Önol and the artist that can be found in the exhibition catalogue:

"Real life, however, is too wild to be real. When we look at the recent and ancient history of humanity, we see that the human being is too "inhumane" to be real. And yet everything is so real, given all the witness accounts, that the human being is too human to be real. And what Cyprus experienced in 1974 and before, and even after, is so human that it cannot be real. This is the human being's testimony to and amazement at humanity; it is the testimony to evil which surprises each time, and each time the victim has to prove this inhuman humanity that is too real to be true: as bad as evil. In all these testimonies, what maybe puts us in a tight spot is to prove to the perpetrator his cruelty. Rather than learning not to be cruel, humans - who are at the same time their official historiographers - have learned to hide and deny their cruelty. Considering the phenomenon of official history, Cyprus is a very special place. And so is Lefkoşa/Nicosia which is still the only divided capital today. Datça between two seas and Lefkoşa/Nicosia between two cities. What have you witnessed in these places?"

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Isil Onol

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Didem Erk


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