Sumergen Obelisk Oteli, Istanbul, Turkey
Artists: Arzu Arda Kosar & Telga Mendi
From Grand Canyon to Time Code, every on-screen mockery of life in Los Angeles features an earthquake standard where the actors carry on with the most mundane tasks during and after the jolts. Situated on a comparable fault line, Istanbul is another megapolis identified with earthquake, albeit with a different image. Despite the fact the 1996 jolt in LA and the 1999 shake in Istanbul were comparable in magnitude, the enormity of destruction and suffering following the 1999 earthquake near Istanbul deems any parody of the situation in bad taste.
Alternatifler is a collaboration between two artists from Istanbul and Los Angeles that delves into the complexity of issues related to this experience which include distress, “not feeling home even when at home”, distrust and concealment, where the concealment manifests itself on a personal level as evasiveness or in the form of institutional corruption that ends up aggravating the destructive potential of the calamity.