The Journey of a Cell from The Black Sea to The Sea of Reality

The Journey of a Cell

Mixed Media Installation, 400 x 150 cm, 2015

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The Journey of a Cell installation shows the journey of two men, the son of a counselor to the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamit, and his son. A tale of two parts, on one side we follow the father, Mufit, after finishing his studies in İzmir in 1906 we follow him on his journey from Trabzon to Hijaz in 1916... After World War 1 was over, he eventually made his way from Hijaz to Damascus around 1919. After settling and marrying a girl from Ankara, we then see his son, Muhammed take a similar journey, but this time from Damascus to Trabzon. We witness him, through archival photography, developing from a young man to a renowned Inheritance Scientist and the city's Mufti, and also exchanging messages with his cousins living in Trabzon in the sixties - eventually visiting his Father's village of origin for the first time in the nineteen eighties. We witness this cell going full circle to the place that was once left seventy years earlier. 

“When humans first ventured out of Africa some 60,000 years ago, they left genetic footprints still visible today. By mapping the appearance and frequency of genetic markers in modern peoples, we create a picture of when and where ancient humans moved around the world. These great migrations eventually led the descendants of a small group of Africans to occupy even the farthest reaches of the Earth”. (1)

It is not about the significance of these men's journey, it is about the human journey, and in particular, the journey that is still going on today. 

1. National Geographic, The National Genographic, “The Human Journey”

The Value of a Cell, Proto5533, 2015

 

Beyoflu

Pottery & Soil & Seeds, 40 x 40 x 60 cm, 2015

  The Value of a Cell, Proto5533, 2015

The Value of a Cell, Proto5533, 2015

Beyoflu Is a piece of art that is alive. It contains earth from the Istanbul neighborhood, Beyoğlu, The seeds come from Of, Trabzon, where my grandfather comes from. I took the original seeds from my great grandfather's garden and planted it in the earth of the new life I have built in Istanbul. This installation represents for the continuation of the cell's journey and its even more beautiful future.

 

''I went to get a plant, got seeds. The words of my relatives there made me realize how many plants I am already seeding. Syrians we were born. Our view is not the same anymore, it has been scattered here and there, along with our value, scattered on the sand, and we've been told to collect it with bear feet on a windy day.''

 

  The Value of a Cell, Proto5533, 2015

The Value of a Cell, Proto5533, 2015

Beyoflu postcard

 

  Ottoman Assigning Document, 1916

Ottoman Assigning Document, 1916

  Ottoman Student Travel Document, 1906

Ottoman Student Travel Document, 1906