FROM THE 5TH MARDIN BIENNIAL ARTISTS İPEK HAMZAOĞLU

İpek Hamzaoğlu is an artist, filmmaker and cultural worker. Her work revolves around the representation of collective melancholy and the potential of post-apocalyptic future narratives, community knowledge, and gossip. She co-edited “Despite Dispossession: An Activity Book” that published from K. Verlag, Berlin in 2021. She is also part of numerous queer feminist projects on archive politics, friendship, and collective knowledge production.

Portrait credit: Barbara Juch
Image 1: İpek Hamzaoğlu
Image 2: Malu Blume, Andrea Haas, İpek Hamzaoğlu, Franzis Kabisch and Juliane Saupe
Image 3: İpek Hamzaoğlu
Image 4: İpek Hamzaoğlu, Laura Nitsch, Sophie Thun

İPEK HAMZAOĞLU

TURKEY / AUSTRIA

Despina, 2021. HD video with 2 sound channels, 11 minutes.

Set between dream, reality, and future, the film is about the journey of a young girl in the aftermath of a nuclear catastrophe. The use of different cameras in the film breed varying image qualities in a coded reference to the multiple temporalities that describe the work, causing the narrative to collapse. The moving images are accompanied by a glitchy, melodramatic soundscape, and distorted siren-like cries of the young girl who mourns her future. Despina is part of an artistic research project based in Sinop — the site of the historical fortress prison where dozens of thinkers, poets, and writers were imprisoned for the ‘crime of thinking.’ It is also the contested site of a nuclear power plant project.

İpek Hamzaoğlu’s practice revolves around the representation of collective melancholy and the world building potential of post-apocalyptic narratives, community knowledge, and gossip. She co-edited Despite Dispossession: An Activity Book (2021) and is a part of numerous queer feminist projects on archive politics, friendship and collectivity.