Recounting Nightmares to Running Water (2015)

Departing from the Anatolian folk belief that nightmares flow away as they are recounted to running water, İz Öztat imparts her nightmares to a series of watercolors that run across the screen. Red: consciousness, source, life, struggle. Black: state, company, enclosure, profit, exploitation, extermination, oil, pipe, electricity, devouring, displacing, ghost, nightmare. Blue: water, freedom, self-determination, rhythm, flow, ecosystem, cycle. Her nightmares are a struggle between red, black and blue, driven by a desire for water and consciousness to flow free.
The watercolors were made with the water Öztat harvested with  Sculpture for Rainwater Harvest.

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