ayşe nur gençalp / cınematographer

IN EXILE is a group show looking at “exile” not only in a political sense, but in a state of mind, being, and understanding. Separation as an emotion is part of the human condition, it binds us together as it’s felt by all early in life. This exhibition centers around the idea of separation from ourselves in our physical and spiritual locations. By using works of art that have significant meaning, each contributing artist was asked to attach a sound to their their work. By culling from artists in New York City and Istanbul the items were documented in their voyage and history from origin to arrival at SPACE DEBRIS art space. This voyage will serve as material for a performance from the sound duo PS, to be performed during the opening night. The performance will then be recreated as a sound installation for the duration of the exhibition. The narrative flow of the show will follow how one comes to understand where we are as human beings, what the notion of home means, and how our language may not have adequate words to express feelings of being in an exiled universe.

Cerement, a performance piece commissioned by Ayşe Nur Gençalp, adopts its name from the Eastern tradition that suggests a fortuneteller wears his own cerement wrapped to his head as an attempt to ‘live’ with the undeniable existence of his future death. In this piece, the performer, adopting the role of the fortuneteller, makes assumptions about participator’s past, present and future referring to selected lines in A Christmas Carol as he reads the coffee grounds from the the participator’s cup. The Turkish tradition of fortunetelling from the coffee cup, here finds its new form as a tool to search for the answer that Scrooge is also in the quest of about faith and the humans’ helplessness towards the passing of time and the unpredictability of the future.