THE EARTH DOES NOT FORGET is a multi-media installation that intends to render the
intersections of the voices and words of different social movements from around the world.
It covers 200 slogans in forty languages I engraved on terra-cotta, the baked earth tiles;
and excerpts from twenty short videos I made in a time of twenty years focussing on different
social movements from Argentina to Turkey, from Canada to Germany. The installation is
a pop-up event that creates a spatial atmosphere and a space through the videos,
found-materials, lights, and sounds where those voices meet and interact with each other.
Gezi Rebellion, that started for the sake of ‘a few trees’ at the heart of Istanbul in June 2013, and that quickly spread to the whole country is at the focus of the installation. The main video of the video is a collage of the 'Resist Memory” video-series, thats cover interviews with more than 200 protestors to connect with their reasons and motivations to be there, in the Park.
The installation aims to remember. It resists forgetting the catastrophic events, and also the protests, the resisting-moments which are slipping away from our hands, as they are slipping away from our memories. It looks for the faces of a generation-to-come. The voices of people from different geographies mix with the words engraved on earth: The soundness and fragility of ceramics capture and reflect on our stories.
Even if only few people can remember how the world once had been,
we’re not considered as we’ve broken our links with reality.
The memory or imagination of even one single person can bring us together.