Hafriyat Karaköy WC sergisi*
2007 ‘Allah Korkusu’, ‘ Fear of God’, Hafriyat Karaköy WC-III, Istanbul
2007 ‘Dünyayı Yesen Doymazsın’, ‘Your eyes are bigger than your stomach’ , “Derdim Dünya”, “This world annoys me”, Hafriyat Karaköy WC-II, Istanbul
The toilet installation took place in Hafriyat Karaköy, in 10th Istanbul Biennial, in an exhibition called “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach”. With this installation, The last stop of consumption has been pointed out.
2007 ‘Müdahale’, ‘İntervention’, Hafriyat Karaköy WC-I, Istanbul
In our political and physical geography, street interventions can only be realized in secluded places and with illicit touches. In Turkey using the public area has a different meaning than what it is in Europe. Since Turkey has been through three Coup d’Etat in only the second half of the 20th century, writing on walls has always been considered as a political guerilla manifesto that had to be immediately punished by the police. Thus these actions has to be done silently. An individual usually declares his or her identity by marking on toilet walls, school desks, ATMs, telephone booths etc… In a way, this action says ‘I am here’ and ‘I have something to say’. Particularly in our geography it depicts bashful attitude. Toilets, in particular are center stage for these acts. Those places used as communication ports between people. They are only temporarily occupied by someone. Atıl kunst contributes on this socially accepted alternative communication areas with its own words. It aims at drawing attention to repressed ideas and feelings. By adding new comments on toilet walls, Atıl Kunst opens new discussions.Atıl kunst made series of installations inside toilets. The first one is 2007 inside Hafriyat, ‘İntervention’ exhibition. Typical toilet phrases are written with permanent pens. As today toilet rooms are covered with ceramic tiles it is no longer possible to write with regular pen and pencil. New plastic doors can’t be scratched anymore. Yet, new construction materials give way to alternative touches. In this specific installation, despite of the harsh content of the words, the toilet itself looks quite elegant and stylish.
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