waiting II: Darağaç

Photos by Darağaç Initiative

2018
Live performance
24 hour
3rd Darağaç Public Art Exhibition.
Umur Bey district, Izmir, Turkey
5 October

waiting II: Darağaç questions the notion of waiting understood both as a verb and a noun, while also exploring the concepts of belonging and connectivity in relation to the opening of an Foreigner Office in the neighborhood in the last months, where the Syrians and all the refugees in Izmir wait during week time all the days long to have their permanent ids or to sign to prove that they’re residing in the city.

The artist ties themself to a tree from one of my feet by a rope for 2-3 meters and stays there for 24 hour. While finalizing the performance they do an ending ritual with horseshoe, candles and sage. At the end of the ritual, they nail a horseshoe to the wall in front of the Foreigner Office.

waiting series performances deal with ‘liminal’ stages where life is unable to be lived but is still alive biologically which Giorgio Agamben describes in his theorical book entitled “Homo sacer”.