photos by Eda Sancakdar
JUST IN BOOKCASE
wooden suitcase filled with personalised library cards, memorabilia and photos.
© Istanbul Queer Art Collective
Installation by Tuna Erdem, Seda Ergül
Exhibited at Dzialdov, Berlin; Framer Framed, Amsterdam,15th Istanbul Biennial Public Program, and House of Wisdom Nottingham as a part of House of Wisdom.
House of Wisdom is curated by Collective Cukurcuma (Mine Kaplangı & Naz Cuguoğlu)
As the world and our country spins out of control, we feel that we need to be prepared to leave our house, city, country in short notice, jut in case. What we would feel sad to leave behind in such a case is our bookcase. Books are notoriously heavy and bookcases are the biggest furniture in a house. They are the first to be left behind when you need to move fast and light, in flight. But our books are our most cherished possessions; we can not let go easily. So we decide to honour our books by creating a card for each one and deciding which books we would bring along in a single suitcase weighing no more than 20 kilos; the weight allowed on planes and the weight allowed to the Greeks forced to leave Turkey in 1964. The result is a “fluxkit” containing the thoughts, feelings and memories we accumulated over the years about our bookcase, just in case we end up dismantling it in the near future whence the immigrant crises makes immigrants of us all.