Mentored by Hypatia Vorloumis and Sandra Schaefer
In 2016, I started my research for a a short film and series of photographs addressing the aspect
of ownership of the archaeological artifacts surrounding the ancient landscapes in Turkey. I
distrusted the idealized image of the archaeology related to national identity in my mind that was
shaped by history books, media and news. In a rather scattered research approach, I conducted an
interview with my grandfather who had grown up in a village next to an ancient mount called
.yük, made a trip to this village, Elmalı, visited the artifacts in Antalya Museum of Archaeology
that are moved from Uyuk, did research in museum’s archive in Turkey. I noticed the awareness
around the topic of the stolen artifacts both in the global media and in the alternative media
resources of Turkey.
It is through this research that I became interested in the political potential of ‘myths’ or
narratives. In this film, I will take off from my own artistic practice which occurred as an
extension of my research process ended up in Peabody Museum of Archaeology of Harvard
University in Boston, to be able to extend the connections of critical studies.
How can historical be seen as a source for deactivation of the ruins that prevent us from new
imaginary narratives? And what artistic strategies can be used in a practice to achieve new forces,
and uses for, potential freedom of imagination.