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29 June 2013

Halil, A cloud of black smoke

Photographs from Turkey 1968-1972

I received these photographs on the 30th anniversary of the 68-movement in Turkey. The photographs were hidden and saved by the members of the 68-movement. They were taken in several neighborhoods of Istanbul, Tokat, Niksar and Kzldere and in many other places all around Turkey. Some of them are from the massacre in Kzldere.

Together with the pictures, a text has been written by the person ‘who heard the voice of blood’, the only person who survived this massacre. It is a very special text for the youngest generations whose history is intentionally manipulated, hidden and not told.

‘…After 35 years, the question is whether we should think of this tragedy as something of the past. Can we do this given that Turkey is still unable to exceed the living standards, the social structure, and the civilizational existence of 1968? Do these photographs cast reflections of today?

These questions deserve practical answers rather than speculative ones. Answers that will come from adults in their 20-30’s. Hopefully, these photographs will provide them with clues and the traces of a revolutionary tradition they may choose to link themselves to’, says Erturul Kürkçü.

The photographs have a language that everyone can understand without any historical knowledge. Is Kzldere a beginning or an end?

Halil, Stockholm, April 2007.

Screening by Coïncidence.

Artist nominated by Diane Dufour for the Discovery Award. 

Exhibition venue: Atelier de Mécanique, Parc des Ateliers
, Rencontres d’Arles 2013.