with Onur Ceritoğlu
The notebook to which the visitor can contribute is composed of the page lines put together by repeating the sentence: 'I left my tent in the park.' The tent lying at the center of the notebook represents the temporary sovereignty of the protestors before the result is a violent transformation of the state pressure over the public space, after the occupation, tent sided the people to carry their private space to public space. Lightweight home which was left to park before going to work or school because a space for temporary shelter and occupation. By applying a punishment or a learning method, two persons repeatedly write down the sentence stating that they left their tent in the park while they try to remember where they might leave it and they think what happened to their tent after the police attack to the Park.
Before and even after, many people died, were killed. Wars have not yet ended and never will. Martial law, unjustifiable executions, military governments, gynocides… Really, what kept us alive during those periods… How did we look, what was happening, what did we see, were we able to see? If we weren’t able to see, then what was it that had blinded us? Maybe we had grown accustomed to a lot, we had become immune to it all. Maybe listening to all the coverage entitled “live broadcasts” every night had inured us. Yes, this was probably why we changed channels so often and thus, were allowing other dreams to draw us into new realms. Yes, this was called forgetting, and we had managed to learn how to do this. I am returning to the first question: What was it ? What happened? Do we know the answer? There was so much happening at every single moment that the sentence we had constructed to fool ourselves was ready; we just weren’t able to keep up.
At a point, as we were just standing there, “something” else began. We were on the streets. Side by side. We didn’t even know each other, but we were side by side. We were there. We had learned to keep our doors open, to put buckets full of water in front of the apartment, and in case of
arrest: to post a document showing our rights on the door of the apartment, and to note the situation on every street we passed , and tweet it to one another.
This was the hope itself. The spirit of solidarity, the challenge, standing side by side. Then… Nothing changed. We clammed up.
Now, we are tired. Is it possible to remember this hope? We have to start somewhere…
‘Stay With me’ project takes from here; taking notes, documenting, drawing; remembering the hope with the association of these narrations.
The title ‘Stay with me; is chosen because it expresses a last resort when the hope is fading “hold on, don’t give up’. It grew as a slogan that expresses a collective effort where everyone is involved and holding on together.
‘Stay with me project’ is composed of notebooks that indicate limitless fear, insecurity, existence in obscurity as well as hope, reality, future and the ‘moment’, by 84 participants.
Ali Miharbi, Anti-Pop, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Ata kam, Ayşe Küçük, Azra Deniz Okyay, Balca Ergener & Meltem Ahıska, Berkay Tuncay, Burçak Bingöl, Carla Mercedes Hihn, Ceren Oykut, Christine Kriegerowski, Çiğdem Hasanoğlu, Devrim Ck, Devrim Kadirbeyoğlu, Didem Erk, Eda Gecikmez, Ekin Saçlıoğlu, Elif Çelebi, Elmas Deniz, Endam Acar & Fırat Bingöl, Erdağ Aksel, Erhan Öze, Erdem Helvacıoğlu, Eser Selen, Fatma Belkıs, Fatma Çiftçi, Ferhat Özgür, Figen Aydıntaşbaş, Fulya Çetin, Genco Gülan, Gonca Sezer, Gökçe Süvari, Gökhan Deniz, Göksu Kunak, Gülçin Aksoy, Gül Kozacıoğlu, Gümüş Özdeş, Güneş Savaş & Eren Yemez, Güneş Terkol, Gözde İlkin, Hale Tenger, Hubert Sommerauer, İnci Furni, İpek Duben, Komet, Lebriz Rona, Leyla Gediz, Kınay Olcaytu, Melike Kılıç, Merve Çanakçı, Merve Şendil, Mischa Rescka, Murat Tosyalı, Nalan Yırtmaç, Nancy Atakan, Nazım Dikbaş, Neriman Polat, Nick Flood, Nurcan Gündoğan, Onur Ceritoğlu, Onur Gökmen, Özgür Atlagan & Bengi Güldoğan, Özgür Demirci, Özgür Erkök Moroder, Özge Enginöz, Rüçhan Şahinoğlu, Raziye Kubat, Sabine Küpher Büsch & Thomas Büsch, Seda Hepsev, Seçil Yersel, Sena Başöz, Senem Denli, Sevim Sancaktar, Sevil Tunaboylu, Sevgi Ortaç, Suat Öğüt, Sümer Sayın, Şafak Çatalbaş, Ulufer Çelik, Yaprak Kırdök, Yasemin Özcan, Yasemin Nur, Yavuz Parlar, Yeşim Ağaoğlu, Zeyno Pekünlü
Backstage: Selda Asal