Eclipsed Voices
curated by Basak Senova, NOMAD (2006)

Strange Intimacies (2005) Hatice Güleryüz
Nigar (2006) Erhan Muratoglu
Making of the Wall (2003) Gülsün Karamustafa
Palestina (2005) Alban Muja
Eclipsed Voices is about reading the past and the present through “personal and shared memories”. Lacan conceived the past, the present, and the future of a linguistic order. In the same line of thought, the “colonial” historical continuity is also dependent upon the realm of speech. The “off-the-record” narratives have the potential to generate voids in the vortex of registered signifiers. At the same time, the acts of confrontation, integration, and adaptation are possible only through these ephemeral and fragmented memories since they indicate the construction of defense mechanisms for “occupied” lives. In any case of political and economical imposition and repression, identities have systematically been lost and fragmented. At personal levels, identities are re-constructed with fragmentation of the narrations -as memory extracts- and the disconnected temporality of multiple realities.
Hatice Güleryüz's work

Hatice Güleryüz 's work “Strange Intimacies” (2005) captures memory extracts of foreigners who were destined to experience Istanbul. Istanbul is a giant city that expands and flows through stories. Everyone in the city has his/her own story. The intimacy of the personal stories in the work reveals a kind of obsessive, hopeless and overexposed love towards this addictive and uncanny city. At the same time, such personal stories accumulate another sort of record and history about the city.

“Nigar” (2006) by Erhan Muratoglu, contains a casual talk with 94 years old woman, who had migrated from Bulgaria to Turkey when she was young. Her personal collection of photographs inhabits disparate hints of her life while she is sharing her fragmented personal memories. “Nigar” refrains from any immersive storytelling as Muratoglu perceptibly had no intention to build any intimacy with the subject. Yet, the sincere memories build fascinating links to unofficial and untold history of the 20th century.
“Making of the Wall” (2003) by Gülsün Karamustafa is a collection of memory extracts of three women who were political prisoners during and after the coup d'etat of 1971 and 1980 in Turkey. Physical and mental walls, which surrounded them, created a detached reality from life. Nevertheless, afterimages of these entrapped lives hint the details of various strong sources and ways for any kind of personal resistance to survive.
In “Palestina” (2005) by Alban Muja, a young girl from Kosovo tells the story of her name. The story is linked with a detached incident that took place in Palestine, 1982. The work displays how personal stories and memories can intersect with parallel cases in different geographies.
Eclipsed Voices screened at Shared History/ Decolonising the Image, curated by Delphine Bedel and Sophie Berrebi.
06 May – 04 June 2006, Arti & Amicitiae, W139, and Maison Descartes, Institut Français des Pays-Bas Amsterdam
Exhibition & Video Lounge, Videos, Film Programme, and International Conference.
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