Sumerbank


Object, stichted original Sumerbank store bag, 51x39 cm, Istanbul, 2012


The original Sümerbank* store bag, is made of old plastic that can’t dissolve by itself in the nature dated 1986 has been used for this piece. Artist used this bag for long time as a handbag and when it got damaged she stitched damaged parts. The work is a rather performative in this sense and the result of this performance displayed in the exhibition space. Also trying to repair it, the artist’s treats a plastic bag as a valuable thing. The old Sumerbank’s advertisement reads: “If your income is low, buy cheap but high quality products from our store” advertisements of current corporations for example H&M uses Madonna in advertisements, obviously their customers are not wealthy, with appearance of Madonna instead they create illusion of wealth.


* Sumerbank began as a textile plant. In 1932, the Turkish government put together a first first-year economic plan. Then Prime Minister Ismet Inonu secured a credit from the Soviet Union for the construction of the Sumerbank plant in Kayseri. The factory opened in September 1935. Designed, financed and equipped with machinery by the Soviet Union, it was a direct replica of similar Soviet cotton plants. When it was built, Sumerbank's textile plant produced most qualified and relatively cheap textile products of that time. As a representative of social state policy, that prior policy was the public benefit, hovewer in late 80's it become subject to the privatization. The half a century of state-led industrialization represented by Sumerbank and its subsidiaries were closed and became a historical milestone in 2002.


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