© 2019 by Işıl Eğrikavuk.

Reverse Corner

Video, sound installation and photo series, 2013

During the Gezi protests, I off-recordedly interviewed several police officers, who wanted to form an undercover police union regarding their work conditions. I collected their stories on how they became police and then wrote my own story based on their words.

 

In the video, we hear the story of Ferit, a young archeologist, who cannot find a job and becomes a police officer (a common practice for teachers and other social study graduates in Turkey). Unwittingly he finds himself on the front lines of the Gezi protests. 

Unhappy with his conditions, Ferit finds the solution by participating in a game show, Gol Show. Having to attempt a penalty to win a prize, Ferit unexpectedly turns the show into a public debate.

 

By wearing the helmets, which includes an audio installation, the audience can hear Ferit’s story. The accompanying photographs in the bottom of the page are photographs from the exhibition that show a civilian exchanging his clothing with a police officer.

Işıl Eğrikavuk, Reverse Corner, Still From Video, 2013.

Işıl Eğrikavuk, Reverse Corner, Still From Video, 2013.

Işıl Eğrikavuk, Ferit, Sound Installation, 2013.

Işıl Eğrikavuk, Ferit, Sound Installation, 2013.

Işıl Eğrikavuk, Reverse Corner, Gallery View, Solo Exhibition, Egeran Gallery, 2013.

Işıl Eğrikavuk, Reverse Corner, The Exchange, Photography, 2013.

Işıl Eğrikavuk, Reverse Corner, The Exchange, Photography, 2013.

Reverse Corner, Solo Exhibition at Egeran Gallery, 2014.

To read a review:

https://www.artforum.com/picks/isil-egrikavuk-43166