the situation in the TRNC kafkaesk?
question was answered by a group of artists among them students of Nilgün
Elgin, Ateş Kozal, Erdogan Uzunahmet, Nilgün Güney, Pervin Özgerniz, Saadet
Alpar, Zeynep Uzun, and they definitely say YES.
Quotes by Kafka from his TRIAL or …Metamorphoses
were studied and they found that many of them correspond to their country’s situation.
What is ‘kafkaesk’? It is a situation that is too weird to be explained with
our everyday vocabulary. Here some quotes I found in the internet:
-From a certain point onward there is no longer
any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
-Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind
only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
-The thorn-bush is the old obstacle in the road.
It must catch fire if you want to go further.
-It is often safer to be in chains than to be
-By believing passionately in something that
still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not
quotes used for the art workshop were attached to the individual works.
is the big word: An old typewriter with the letters that create this word
missing; they just don’t exist from the very beginning. How can a journalist
write about it if he hasn’t got the means and the words to express himself? A
video installation showing the view a cockroach has, or what we think it has (I
remember the adult world around me when I was a child, the feet were enormous,
the head far away), another video with the blurred view of things. We all
remember Kafka’s story about the metamorphosis of Gregor into a cockroach, the
isolation he goes through – isolation from society when you are different –
think different…..there is another installation on the basis of Metamorphosis,
that is the apple his father throws at Gregor, three apples stuck in the wall
where they have hit the wall with the drive of disgust behind it.
works are also about imprisonment, about the life of society in cages,
transparent to all, observed by those who manipulate us….by words or acts….or
we look at the installation of white masks sticking out of the wall –
conformity – don’t stick your head out of the masses – stay where you are in
anonymity – isolated away from society the black sheep – not considered –
ignored and left in the dark.
silent cry by the individual – STOP - single and multiplied – but the more it
is multiplied the less it is recognised as a cry from the living – it becomes wall
paper to decorate your wall with.
the space of a room, the walls and ceiling covered with the notes and sketches
of a lifetime, disregarded by the others, it becomes waste, crumpled up and
left on the floor, it was all for nothing, a sad cognition….resignation it is.
example of an individual to adapt to the rules of society, to try to beautify
herself in order to be recognised as an equal not realising how it changes the
personality, becoming more and more ugly, shown as a series of photos.
a thought provoking exhibition at the Naci Talat House (near the Selemiye
Mosque in Nicosia) on two floors. I had come with my granddaughter and great
granddaughter seven years old who came running to us - Nilgün Güney was taking
us around and explaining the art works – and shouting out loud… ‘what the hell
does it all mean, it is pure Chaos’…and Nilgün laughed and said: ‘she has
understood, a child can still recognise the truth.’
have to see the exhibition with some understanding of Kafka and then compare it
with what you are experiencing in your own life, and perhaps you can nod in
confirmation. We are wearing uniforms in society, we all tend to look alike, we
let it happen to be manipulated in small things, what fashion dictates, what
will the others think of us.
as an admonisher, a workshop for a group of young artists working together and
using Kafka’s philosophy as a think tank, away from decoration of our walls,
away from pleasing our eyes but giving us something to think about.
exhibition will end on June 21.