Dr. Ergin Cavusoglu, Professor of Contemporary Art, School of Art and Design at Middlesex University will be showcasing his collaborative work previously shown at the 4th International Canakkale Biennial, at the Symposium on Turkey on Friday 10th October 2014.
The Biennial provided an open communication and a collaboration platform for the international community that enabled a comprehensive revaluation of the impacts of 1st World War and the 20th century at local, national and international levels on today’s political configuration and the historical geography of the Ottoman Empire.
The biennial had invited those artists and experts who are mostly prominent with their specific works of art interpreting the consequences of war and peace cycles and the following political, economical, social and cultural consequences in Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasia and in the Middle-East.
The conceptual framework of the artist’s work (image shown above) is twofold: one screen presents the shipwrecks of the fleet of the Allies, Lundy, Louis and Barge that were sunk in their approach to the strait of Dardanelles in Turkey during the ‘Gallipoli Campaign’ of World War One. The second one shows the bustle of contemporary vessels crisscrossing the blue waters above. The edit of the footage implies that the battleships perished along the same axis one following the other. Through a very particular filming technique of vertically scanning the seabed and the waters above, the work endeavours to signify the importance of the act of sombre remembrance and reconciliation. From an unfamiliar bird’s eye perspective, the camera tracks slowly over the length of the shipwrecks revealing decaying remnants that are both hauntingly beautiful and menacing.
Dr. Ergin Cavusoglu video work of art will be showcased at the Symposium on Turkey on Friday 10th October.
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