The Story Of Yusuf / Çağrılmayan Yusuf
Raziye Kubat’s “Çağrılmayan Yusuf” exhibition book has been published in English for 250 limited editions under the name “The Story of Yusuf” by Dada Publications in the format of a “special artist book”. The book will be saluting its viewers and readers on the opening day of the 4th Çanakkale International Biennial on September 27th,2014 Saturday .
“As Emrullah Efendi noticed the little boy on his lap, he felt his body shiver and the evening sun dance in his eyes. Esire, a little away from him, was standing there like a stranger. Just at the same moment, he saw the slave trader walking away. It looked like he was asking to himself: “When for god’s sake did I talk to this man and buy this youngster?” As he looked at the sky, he realized that it was getting dark. “It was only noon or mid-afternoon when I arrived here…” he muttered.
The Cherkess Exile occurs at the beginning of the 1860s. As a result of “forced migration”, Gupse sets off for a journey. We see her on one of the boats carrying the Cherkess people sent on exile. The boat runs aground in Kefken – Adapazarı. Gupse, overcoming numerous difficulties on the road, finally succeeds in reaching Istanbul. She is desperate and at her side has Yusuf, her son from Hain. Feeling herself exhausted, Gupse sells Yusuf, at a slave market in Beyazıt, yet immediately regrets it. The tragic moment she cries out that she has “changed her mind”, is the moment when Gupse revives to the “present” day.
It was historical fact that people coming with these ships -to fight against hunger- had to sell their children in slave markets. The baby on the ship, was sold in the slave market. But to whom? Being a person freshly lost in the story, that moment I said: “The baby is bought by a good person, Emrullah Efendi, the herbalist”, and so in a way opened the door for the story to come into my life. Again, just one week later, as the sentence “Let Yusuf be happy” occurred to my mind, Yusuf became the name of the infant sold.
“The Story of Yusuf” tells us about the adventure of Yusuf and his breed . While we attend to this journey, we also witness in the background the downfall of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of the new Turkish Republic.
The Turkish edition of the book “Çağrılmayan Yusuf “ published by Ceres Publications, was presented to its viewers and readers in the accompaniment of three videos specially produced for the exhibition held at Hayaka Artı on February 2014.
Upon invitation of the International Çanakkale Biennial titled “Only the dead have seen the end of war” with reference to Platon, the English edition of Raziye Kubat’s “The Story of Yusuf” -published as the first book of Dada Publications- together with its exhibition will be saluting its viewers and readers for the first time.
And in the “Epilogue” section you will find, with her interpretation on exiles and the current history of exile, journalist and writer Ayşe Çavdar…
Raziye Kubat / Yusuf Who Was Not Called / Conversation with the Artist
29 March 2014 Saturday Time: 17:00
HAYAKA ARTI Çukurcuma Caddesi No:19A Tophane Istanbul
Please note that Raziye Kubat’s exhibition “Yusuf Who was Not Called” at HAYAKA ARTI will open its doors for the last time on 29 March 2014.
The event which is going to take place on the last day of the exhibition on 29 March Saturday 17 hrs at the same venue, will start with an interview of Reporter-Writer-Historian Ayşe Çavdar* with the artist Raziye Kubat and will end with a succeeding Q&A session for interested participants.
We kindly wish to invite to this event all both who have heard the call of Yusuf and attended the exhibition, acquired the book and also those who have not had the opportunity to visit the show.
Çavdar received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Journalism Department of Ankara University Communication Faculty and her Master’s Degree from the History Department of Bosphorus University. She worked in the newspapers Yeni Şafak, Yeni Yüzyıl and the journals Nokta, Ülke, Atlas and Istanbul. She was in charge for the Public Relations of the History Foundation. Together with Ergün Meriç she co-edited “Cemil Meriç and the Children of this Country (Iz Publications, 1998), with Volkan Aytar “Media and the Security Sector Oversight” (TESEV, 2009), with Aylin B. Yıldırım “Hate Crimes and Hate Discourse” (Hrant Dink Foundation, 2011). The lengthy interview she made with Nilüfer Göle was published by Hayy Publishing House under the title “The Migration of Privacy”. She currently continues to write articles for the journals Express and Sabit Fikir. She is working on her doctorate study in the European University of Viadrina in the field of Cultural Anthropology taking as a subject the new religious middle classes.
Photography: Tuna Poyrazoğlu
Raziye Kubat’s exhibition entitled “Yusuf Who Was Not Called” can be visited at HAYAKA ARTI from 18 February to 28 March 2014.
Raziye Kubat @ HAYAKA ARTI
Yusuf Who Was Not Called / Texture of Time Torn / Book Launch and Exhibition
18 February – 28 March 2014
Opening: 18 February 2014 Tuesday 18:00
Tophane Art Walk: 23 February 2014 Open Sunday
HAYAKA ARTI Çukurcuma Caddesi No:19A Tophane Istanbul
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12:00 – 18:00
Kubat’s exhibition “Yusuf Who Was Not Called” besides the launch of the artist’s book, will be introducing visuals and video works of the artist, as well as comprehensive interface studies accompanied by the graphic novels Texture of Time Torn.
The Texture of Time Torn Project was initially developed by İskender Savaşır. Priority target by the help of utilization of the motive “graphic novels”, was to create an environment that would provide rehabilitation for young people and children who have had traumatic experiences. Yet the project took up new forms in time and with each new contribution improved its functionality further. At the end of one and a half years, Texture of Time Torn evolved into being a publication where several people could present their works.
The paths of Raziye Kubat and Texture of Time Torn crossed during some activities that took place in 2012. The artist carried out workshops together with grandchildren of the exiles in an engraving/linoleum studio in Adapazarı.
The artist simultaneously presented her video installation “On the Track of Exiles/Nani” to Caucasian people in Kefken as part of the “Kefken Circassian Exile Commemoration Activities”.
At the beginning of the 1860s the Caucasian Exile occurs. Gupse as a result of the “forced migration” sets off for a journey. We see her on one of the boats carrying the Caucasians sent on exile. The boat runs aground in Kefken – Adapazarı. Gupse overcoming numerous difficulties on the road finally succeeds in reaching Istanbul. Gupse is desperate and at her side has Yusuf, her son from Hain. Gupse feeling herself exhausted sells Yusuf, her son at a slave market in Beyazıt. Yet immediately regrets it. The tragic moment she cries out that she has “changed her mind” is the moment when Gupse revives to the “present” day.
The exhibition “Yusuf Who Was Not Called” tells us about the adventure of this Yusuf and his ancestors. While we attend to this journey we also witness in the background the downfall of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of the new Turkey.
The artist Raziye Kubat in this exhibition, on one hand materializes her own very subjective experience, on the other hand puts forward an extraordinary work due to the consciousness that arises as a result of social responsibility.
Translated by: Tuna Poyrazoğlu
Görsel / Image:
Çağrılmayan Yusuf / Yusuf Who Was Not Called
Mixed media on paper
The Texture of time Torn/ My path crossed with the Abkhasian people in Adapazarı, during my accompaniment in the training organized within the scope of the magazine and social responsibility projects, “In the Track of Exiles / Nani” is also part of another project that I recently began working on.
This video is for communities and persons that have been forced into migration and renunciation.
Poem: Bagrat Shinkuba
Taswir Projects : Taswir Projects & Book Release Party, Exhibition & Art Auction
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