The exhibit provides an inclusive frame for the refugee crisis by using two axes of narrative that are constructed by the two refugee figures who turn into heroes, in fact, superheroes. Their stories get fictionalized with Altındere’s phantasms that manifest themselves differently each time, never losing touch with the bitter reality.
Space Refugee makes up the first portion of the exhibit; it consists of over twenty works that are centered around Aleppian astronaut Muhammed Ahmed Faris, who has spent seven days in outer space in 1987 and had to settle in Istanbul as a refugee in 2012. This work envisions Mars as an utopia without tyranny and injustice, somewhere that could belong to anyone for it belongs to no one. This is why it provides an alternative shelter to the refugees, and the work presents various experiments regarding life on Mars. While Space Refugee investigates an utopic suggestion for a home, Homeland, that which music is one of the main components of, puts forward Syrian rapper Muhammad Abu Hajar who lives in Berlin as a porte-parole and exhibits the present situation of the refugees with a road story aesthetic. Large scale photograph Köfte Airlines addresses the transportation problem of the refugees. Altındere’s response to “how will they go?” is a mise-en-scene.
The exhibition “Welcome to Homeland,” organized by Pilot Gallery and curated by DAS Art Project.