Between Neighbors, Strangers, and the Bedpost
5-14 August, 2022
Between neighbors, strangers, and the bedpost is an altered translation of the Turkish saying “laf aramızda”. The original saying refers to gossip that happens between two people (laf aramızda
literally meaning “the word is between us”). For our residency programme in the fishing village of Babakale we have altered the saying to think about the relationship that will undoubtedly
manifest between the local residents and our presence. The hospitality and friendliness of the neighbor, or the tension and skepticism of a stranger. We will also explore these notions in a broader sense, among other parallel communities. What is the gossip about us, from the weeds? Or the trees? Or the sea? The programme will unfold in a series of activities exploring these
ideas. Activities may include intentional interactions with the neighbors, games, children workshops, gift exchange, performances, garden building, postcard sending, relational cooking, swimming, readings, etc…
Gizem Karakaş is an artist and cultural worker based in Istanbul. In her practice, she focuses on the struggles, ironies, comedy and poetry of everyday life with semi-fictional narratives of an individual becoming, navigating interpersonal and context-based relationships. Her photo, video, sound, performance, and text-based works explore the concept of sincerity in relationships through the ambiguous areas that are left between the intimate and the public, reality and fiction, art and life. Ongoing collective processes are central to Karakaş’ practice. She is interested in shared authorship and collaborative working methods. She is a member of the collectives, HAH since 2017 and Medyartiz since 2011. She is one of the faces of Hayırlı Evlat since 2017. She is currently the Cultural Activities Coordinator in Saint-Joseph French High School.
Playful and poetic, the works of David Horvitz, an ocean romantic, based in Los Angeles, California, meddle with the systems of language, time and networks, hyper-paced Zoom calls, emails, and images transmitted through screens. Eschewing categorization, his expansive nomadic body of work, traversing the forms of photographs, word of mouth and physical movement or distribution, artist books, performances, memes, mail art, sound, rubber stamps, gastronomy, weather, travel, walks, and watercolor, is presented through examining questions of distance between places, people and time in order to test the possibilities of appropriating, undermining or even erasing this distance. Harnessing image, text, object and flows which he mobilizes to circulate and operate independently from himself, penetrate ever more effectively the intimate sphere. Left face to face with his works, in the postal system, libraries, and airport lost and found services, even engaged into action, our attention to the infinitesimal, finding loopholes and alternative logics within them, to the minute but important details and to the imaginary comes to the fore. As lullabies imprinted in our head, Horvitz deploys art as both object of contemplation and as viral or systemic tool to effect change on a personal scale. David Horvitz makes fictions that insert themselves surreptitiously into the real. Shifting seamlessly pebbles often possess a naturally frosted finish.