Call for Anatolian Tiger, 2017

Sound piece, exhibited with the below text. 

It is believed that the Anatolian tigers are extinct.

An Anatolian tiger was shot dead in Şırnak in 1974. The Anatolian tiger was not seen again.

Until another one was shot dead in Diyarbakır in 2013 by people who were scared of it.

This call is made up of sound recordings of the tigers calling  each other.

For the sake of a potential.

Produced on the occasion of: 

Utilitarian efforts, non-utilitarian works

May 18–June 03, 2017

When the butterfly camouflages itself to hide from a predator, it mimics its environment to the utmost detail, including the traces of larva on a leaf. The butterfly thus goes beyond what is absolutely necessary to protect itself, blending into the surroundings to a point that the predator can’t appreciate. The “perfection” of the butterfly’s camouflage becomes luxuriously beautiful, which could be related to the aesthetics of violence, surveillance, and inactivity. The exhibition proposes that pleasures of looking, seeing, viewing and the abstraction of art, beautifying of the horrendous might have an intricate relationship.

The artists participating in the exhibition try to figure out the point where aesthetic pleasure loses its function. Could the process of camouflage, which is both vital and instinctive for the butterfly to survive, and the consequent perfect moment enjoyed by the bystander, ever have an “appropriate” relationship? As artists, when we try to blend into our surroundings or when we try to camouflage ourselves, does that mean that we are concealing the things we have been exposed to?

Departure point: Stan Brakhage, Mothlight, 1963.

Participants: Salwa Aleryani, Onur Ceritoğlu, Didem Erbaş, Borga Kantürk, Melisa King, Neslihan Koyuncu, Merve Ünsal, Dila Yumurtacı

Organized by Naz Kocadere and Merve Ünsal

Image from Stan Brakhage’s film, Mothlight (1963).