the things we carry

ateş alpar

Ates Alpar

What we carry / 2021

HD Video 55''loop

How to counter the violence of everyday life? This violence sometimes belongs to the house and sometimes to the street. Sometimes for things, sometimes for people. The ordinariness of the everyday is often woven together with the said violence itself. How to resist this banality, the habitual, our blindness to the repetition of the familiar? Maybe this is possible by changing the way of narration, going beyond the expression of everyday life.The lips move, but no words come out of the mouth, can not. But it is not the desire to remain silent. Because the lips are sealed, the mouth is silenced. Doomed to silence.

In this case, only the eyes speak. Looks say a lot. Gaze is the only way of self-expression for the subject, who is both inside and outside the dialogue. It is the only way left. In order to be able to speak again, it is necessary to question memory, belonging, to whom the word belongs, and the language must be reconstructed. Because it is repeated, making the obvious, ordinary and unobtrusive, visible again can only be possible by moving the gaze out of the given frames. Uneasiness can only be ended with such an effort.

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art of everyday life

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(1992) live and work in between Adana, Mardin and İstanbul. After studying Communication at Çukurova University for 2 years they dropped and have been attending classes on art, art philosophy, politics and visual sociology at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University as a guest student for the last 3 years. 

They are mainly involved in photography, performance art, experimental music and cinema. They produce contemporary documentary photography projects on queer politics, migration, borders, civil rights and underground music. Their works have been exhibited at ‘Sauna’ (online exhibition, 2021); ‘Pasaj’ (online exhibition, 2020); ‘Through the Window’ (online exhibition, 2020); Arada Festival, İstanbul (2020); ‘Turkish Delight’, London (2020); Karaburun Science Congress, Izmir (2019); ‘Queer Ballet’, Izmir (2019); ‘1+1 Birlikte Güçlüyüz’, İstanbul (2019); ‘Sahalarda Kuir Paslaşmalar’, İstanbul (2018); ‘LadyFest’, İstanbul (2018) and ‘LGBTI+ Youth Festival’, Izmir (2018) among many others. Their works have been published in Art Unlimited (2021), Fail Books (2021) and KaosGL Mag (2017).

They have attended several workshops such as ‘Acı, haz ve ürperti’ by Yekhan Pınarlıgil (2021) and ‘Visual Story Development Workshop’ by Evelien Kunst and Özcan Yurdalan (2019)