Posts tagged ‘ebru’

June 18, 2011

Ebru – Weaving the Myth of a Europeanizing Turkey – 2

by Azad Alik

Hrach Bayadyan

HETQ – There is no need to prove that the vast majority of who is photographed, in comparison to the photographer (and the other project authors) is on a very low level of existence, if we can ascribe any social level at all, say, to the Sarikecili tribe living in the Taurus Mountains. This difference consists of numerous composite elements, but in this case what is more important is who has the occasion to represent the other; to photograph and tell stories.

This privilege is a benefit to those who are looking for a new language “to make cultural diversity in Turkey visible and intelligible” via the Ebru project (one can also add controllable: knowledge/power relationship). At the same time, it is obvious that “cultural diversity”, deprived of historical-geographic depth – also through the magic word ebru – frequently becomes a euphemism for those ethnic, religious and social conflicts and contradictions that are in abundant supply in Turkey today.

Turkey’s European prospects, that Ebru wants us to believe, those ideas, values and beliefs related to this prospect that the project participants, in this or that way, identify themselves with, convey definite orientalist underpinnings to the project. The representation of ethnicities and their cultures as “reflections” remove them from the cultural context, depriving them of local traits and history. They need a western gaze to be represented, to validate their existence. According to Durak, it’s as if the people looking at his camera lens wanted to say, “We exist and we are here.” For Berger, those cultures (tribal groups) are equated to the elements of nature, where love and hate, the same and the other, the eternally repeating mix and transformation are “natural” prehistoric realities, free of social and political conflicts and objectives.

For more see: http://hetq.am/eng/articles/2070/

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June 11, 2011

Ebru – Weaving the Myth of a Europeanizing Turkey

by Azad Alik

Hrach Bayadyan

HETQ – This May, we had the opportunity to see two photo exhibits here in Yerevan. One was an extensive exhibit of the works by the New York-based Turkish photographer Attila Durak on display at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (ACCEA) entitled “Erbru – Reflections of Cultural Diversity in Turkey”. The other presented the works of French-Armenian photographer Max Sivaslian entitled “We Once Lived There…” Both are related in some way to the issue of ethnic (religious) minorities living in Turkey.

Despite the fact that Sivaslian’s photos are far removed from being documentary testimonies, that main aim of the exhibition was clear. “We Once Lived There” refers to those locales (villages, towns, neighbourhoods) where Armenians once called home – from Van to Diyarbekir and even Istanbul. Now, others live in their former homes – Kurds, Turks, and Assyrians. The photographer firstly strives to reflect on the disappearance of Armenians from these locations; they either leave or are Islamicized.

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May 17, 2011

Ես ո՛չ խճանկար, ո՛չ էպրու եւ ո՛չ ալ Անատոլիոյ գոյն եմ

by Talin Suciyan
ԹԱԼԻՆ ՍՈՒՃԵԱՆ
Սկիզբը զիս մշակոյթներու ձեր խճանկարին մասնիկի վերածած էիք, որպէսզի ի վիճակի ըլլայիք հանդուրժելու։ Բայց այդ գաղափարին անշարժութիւնը արագօրէն հասկնալէ ետք, զայն կճանկար (էպրու) (*) դարձուցած էիք։ Խճանկար ըլլար թէ կճանկար, բոլորդ համաձայնած էիք, որ ես «Անատոլիոյ գոյն» մըն էի։ Սակայն, ես ո՛չ ձեր էպրուն եմ, ո՛չ ձեր խճանկարը, ո՛չ ալ ձեր Անատոլիոյ գոյն մը։ Գիտեմ որ կրնամ գունաւորուիլ միայն եթէ մեռած-չքացած ըլլամ, անձայն ու անհետ կորսուած. պատմութիւնս որքան քանդէք, այնքան գունաւոր կը դառնամ ձեզի համար։
Կրկնեմ. ես ո՛չ ձեր կճանկարն եմ, ո՛չ ձեր խճանկարը, ո՛չ ալ ձեր Անատոլիոյ գոյն մը։ «Ի՞նչ ես, ուրեմն», թերեւս հարցնէք։ Ես սուրի մնացորդաց շառաւիղն եմ, պղծուած կանանց դուստրը, բազմիցս տարագրուելու ստիպուած եւ վերջին դարուն իր հազարամեայ հողէն ջնջուած ժողովուրդի մը զաւակը։ Դուստրն եմ գերեվարուած, ինքն իրմէ օտարուած, ստորադաս ժողովուրդի մը, որուն գոյութիւնն ու բնաջնջումը ժխտուած են, որուն տաճարները, դպրոցները, հիմնարկները, նոյնիսկ անդամներուն սրտերն ու մտքերը տակնուվրայ եղած են։ Զիս կը կոչեն թուրքիացի հայ անունով։
May 6, 2011

Ebru, mozaik, “Anadolu’nun rengi” değilim ben!

by Talin Suciyan

Talin Suciyan

AGOS, 787

Bana katlanabilmek için önce benden mozaik yaptınız, baktınız o çok statik oldu, ebruya döndünüz. Ama ister ebru deyin ister mozaik, hepiniz “Anadolu’nun rengi” olduğum konusunda hemfikirdiniz. Oysa ben sizin ne ebrunuz, ne mozayiğiniz, ne de Anadolunuzun rengiyim! Biliyorum, ölüp yok olunca, sesim çıkmaz, izim bilinmez olunca renklenebilirim, tarihimi ne kadar yok ederseniz o kadar renkli olurum sizin gözünüzde.

Ben sizin ne ebrunuz, ne mozayiğiniz, ne de “Anadolunuzun rengiyim”. Peki ne miyim? Kılıç artığı nesillerin çocuğuyum, bedenleri yağmalanmış, defalarca yerinden yurdundan edilmiş, binlerce yıl yaşadığı topraklardan bütün izleri son yüz yılda silinmiş, varlığı da, yok edilmesi de inkar edilmiş, mabetleri, okulları, vakıfları, tüm kurumları ve hatta teker teker insanlarının yürekleri, beyinleri ters yüz edilmiş, ele geçirilmiş, kendine yabancılaştırılmış, sindirilmiş bir halkın kızıyım. Bana ‘Türkiyeli Ermeni’ diyorlar.  

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May 6, 2011

I’m neither an ebru nor a tessera∗; nor am I ‘a color of Anatolia!’

by Talin Suciyan

Talin Suciyan

First you made me into a tessera in your mosaic of cultures just to be able to put up with me. But soon you found that too static and then you resorted to the image of ebru. Whether an ebru or a tessera, you all agreed that I was ‘a color of Anatolia.’ Yet, I’m neither your ebru nor your tessera, nor am I a color of your Anatolia. I know that I can acquire a color only if I’m dead and gone, mute and traceless; more colorful I become as you further destroy my history.

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