Poverty Line

Installation; Copies of original letters on overdue internet service payments from the Istanbul Enforcement Office to the artist. Installation of them in the from of a line, A4 folded in three, black ink, length variable, Istanbul, 2012

The installation consists of the folded letters, copied and put together in single line. This piece plays with the difference between the intellectual approach to poverty and the experience of poverty itself. Between statistics and the experience of life itself.

Revealing these personal documents for public review is an important part of the work. There are a lot of colorful advertisements all visible to public, but documents of enforcement offices, documents related to the inability to pay and bankruptcy, rarely become public. If a person is unable to pay for an advertised product or services, instead of colorful advertisements, theperson get these dull documents, sent in an almost clandestine way to a private mail address. We all see whatpeople through ubiquitous and intrusive advertisements are assumed to be able to pay but we never see the difficulties that people might be facing. An artist can be an agent to make public what people normally don’t have the space for.


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