Contour

Photos by Okan Altın

2017
Live performance
2 hours
“How are you?”, Mamut Performance Programme.
curated by Seyhan Musaoğlu and Simge Burhanoğlu
Istanbul
29 April

Contour is a collective question on the kinship between life, death, risk, intimacy, and  vulnerablity (etc..) adressing the relation between me and other, existence and presence, a question about to be/to exist, to be marked and the relation to the other.

The performance starts with the artist standing against an empty white wall, surrounded by steel nails covering the floor. To bang the first nail on the wall – and start drawing the contour -, they hold a nail next to their body and hold a hammer out to the viewer. During two hours, viewers are invited to pound nails on the wall drawing the outline of the artist body, while they are standing still.


In their performance titled Contour, the artist aims to conceive a collective private space by inviting the viewers to ‘draw’ their (body’s) contour referring to the relationship we have with the other, the time intrinsic to the performance and death inherent to life.