Depo show explores unseen history of Anatolia

With the Armenian centennial commemorations of the 1915 killings approaching on April 24, a new exhibition delving into the painful history of Anatolia through a collective exhibition by Anna Barseghian, Stefan Kristensen and Uriel Orlow is on view at Depo in Istanbul’s Tophane neighborhood. Titled “Spectrography: Tracing the Ghosts,” it can be considered as the result of a joint visit to the eastern and southeastern parts of Turkey, which was once h

With the Armenian centennial commemorations of the 1915 killings approaching on April 24, a new exhibition delving into the painful history of Anatolia through a collective exhibition by Anna Barseghian, Stefan Kristensen and Uriel Orlow is on view at Depo in Istanbuland#39s Tophane neighborhood.

Titled andldquoSpectrography: Tracing the Ghosts,andrdquo it can be considered as the result of a joint visit to the eastern and southeastern parts of Turkey, which was once home to an Armenian community. It is a visual and aural exploration of a haunted territory, as written in the exhibition text about the show.

andldquoThe artists describe the experience of ghosts their work makes visible the absence of the disappeared, in landscapes and ruins. By relating to people, and listening to the silences of their words, and the expressions on their faces, the works allow untimely memories to emerge at a turning of a path, on the side of a mountain and in the radiance of a face,andrdquo it elaborates.

On the first floor of Depo, an installation titled andldquoNo Voice is Lostandrdquo by artist and curator Barseghian and her collaborator Kristensen features various videos intersecting with one another and constituting a layered visual history. The videos include shots from the cities of Kars and MuI — where Barseghian and Kristensenand#39s grandparents once lived, and the stories they heard about Ganduumllizar, whose name became a resistance symbol for both Armenians and Kurds following her abduction by Musa Bek in 1889 — and vast Anatolian landscapes, ruins of old churches and so on.

Mandeacutelinandeacute Ter Minassian, a French actress and performer who is also a descendant of Ganduumllizar, put on a performance for the exhibition together with Barseghian that is a collection of memories from the descendants of Ganduumllizar Another work on the same floor that is also realized by the descendants of those killed is titled andldquoJourney to the Land of Ghosts.andrdquo Part of the project andldquoArmenographyandrdquo and filmed in 2005, the video was shot during a tour conducted by the Van Vaspourakan association and it features second- and third-generation descendants visiting their grandparentsand#39 villages in Anatolia for the first time.

On the second floor, an installation titled andldquoRemains of the Futureandrdquo by London-based artist Orlow includes a video filmed in a previously Armenian town around the city of MuI on the orders of Gorbachev in 1988 for people who lost their homes in the Spitak earthquake. andldquoHoly Precursor,andrdquo by the same artist, features a Kurdish village this time, delving into the history of former Armenian monastery Surp Garabed, whose remains were used to build the current town.

andldquoSpectrography: Tracing the Ghostsandrdquo will run through April 12 at Depo.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman