Or: A possible solution for peace
Çizenel means what he shows, and when we try to seek the highly intellectual
twist we are on the wrong road. When I read his introduction to the exhibition
I stumbled over his mentioning the adventures of Gulliver, the fantastic
adventures I was fascinated by when a kid. Emin’s mind works in the same way:
he makes the impossible possible by inventing and writing down a fairy tale
solution for Cyprus. I would say with a
child’s mind, the direct way. There is the Cyprus Problem which occupies our
minds now for over 40 years with many forces involved – I have often heard
saying by Cypriots ‘if they would leave us alone we would have solved it long
ago’ – as inspite of all efforts no solution has been found.
Emin Çizenel – my interpretation –
thought of a possible solution and that is quite simple: we remove the object of problem from the
sight and manipulation of others.
secret mission .... and Emin Çizenel selects Nobel prize winning Swedish UN
peace-keeping soldiers having worked in Cyprus and the same number of terracotta
soldiers from the antique era who have (been) emigrated to Stockholm to carry out
island, loaded with its unhappy history, is metamorphosed into a floating ship
and is being rowed by oarsmen to a new position in the West through the entire
Mediterranean. With no stops on the way so
far, they decide to unload all weapons
of British origin in Malta to fullfill
the conditions of the ‘gun-free soldier concept’ and continue to pass through
the Straits of Gibraltar into the free ocean and there....
Çizenel says here:
(the ship) is now anchoring at her new spot (map no 5 shows the spot), with
nobody looking for her or asking about her; she will pick up new habits in no
time. The story ends here, ...... it has become a contemporary art project and
also assigned as a candidate for the Nobel prize.
work was on show for the first time at Avesta Art in 2010 and there Emin Çizenel
challenge with art is to overcome all boundaries – to stretch beyond the spoken
word, across national frontiers and different epochs”, and as a conclusion it
is said in a review that ‘heroes who cross cultures are necessary in this
touching fairy tale, carried out in Emin Çizenel’s so typical way of making
notes along the road of the process. But why should it not happen, it is about
time to think about a way to make the impossible possible.
Centre of Visual Arts and Research in Nicosia