The Background


Video-slide show, Compiled photos and poetry, on LCD screen, 14’49”, 2014


In Background, 2014 we see a video in the form of a simple slide show presentation of photographs. With photographs gathered through a selection criteria of ‘people in front of beautiful scenery’ preferably in front of mountains, forests and untouched scenic beauty, the work deals with the consumption of nature as a landscape backdrop. These photographs which might as well have been shared on social media - lately as selfies, refer to our detachment of the nature. The slide show opens with the lines personifying the elements of nature: “From now on your presence will become only a background. They are not with(in) you anymore but (your) visitors.”

Special thanks for photo contributions and technical assistance to: Louis Lüders, Orton Akıncı, Köken Ergun, Murat Fesih Avcıbaşı, Alperen Toksöz, Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Karen Diamond, Özge Ersoy, Didem Yazıcı, Merve Ünsal, Rüya Ögü, Burak Birinci, Serdar Akyıldız, Mehmet Altıntaş, Beste Zeybel, Burcu Fikretoğlu, Doğa Okay, Saniye Dönmez, Yasemin Elçi, Metin İlktekin, Cansu Kurt, Damla Açıkada, Elsa de Giovanni, Elena de Giovanni, Hazal Paftalı, Semih Kandemir, Eda Tarak, Ekin Tutan, Buket Taşkıran, Tolga Eruygun, Nisa Arı, Alp İlyas Klanten, Ceren Mağden, Nursaç Sargon, Stefan Jofjell.



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