"During a two-month residency at Manoeuvre, we developed hand-hooked costumes to draw symbols of our lives. This was a result of discussing an ancient Egyptian belief about the ideal afterlife, according to which you would harvest wheat, go to work, plow your field and harvest fruit from your trees on it, just as you did in the earthly plane. These views made us ask ourselves whether an ideal life exists other than the one we live in the present. And if life matters now, what are the symbols of the most important things we care about?
The results of this collective act of imagination needed to be shown on the bodies of their creators, the people who actually did the work. For the opening at Dear Yves,we made their presence visible as a walking art platform, moving between the Rabot neighborhood and the institutional art space of KIOSK, as a gesture of owning and embodying the authorship of these works.
We were all surrounded by flowers, houses, grandkids, the stars, moons, and mothers during that opening afternoon and evening, and it was beautiful!" (Elen Braga)
Thank you to: Manoeuvre, Durna Ozgur, Fadime Cetinkaya, Gönul Altintas, Ismigul Atec, Gulsah Kucukaya, Gyulseren Van Dort, Hamide Celikoz, Hediye Sahin Yigit, Ilknur Sezer, Ismahan Yildirim, Rahime, Koparan, Fadime Soyut, Saniye Yuksel, Sheriban, Sultan Altintas, Sultan Kucukkaya, Zubeyde Balci, Yildiz Baskaya, Claire Impens, Arnoud Emmen, Imke Laureys
Dear Yves, runs until the 20th of March 2022. Welcome Mon-Sun, 12-6 p.m.
📷 Leontien Allemeersch