Who Carries The Water (2015)

with Fatma Belkıs I  14th Istanbul Biennial I Italian Highschool I Dedicated to the public domain

Who Carries The Water has been shaped by what İz Öztat and Fatma Belkıs have learned from the autonomous, anonymous and dissenting ways of living articulated during the struggles against the construction of run-of-the-river hydroelectric power plants in numerous valleys of Anatolia since 1998. In the installation, they display an account of their journeys in the valleys through some of the practices and materials they encountered there. The sarı yazma (yellow kerchief) – used by the women of the Loç Valley, and a symbol of the struggles since 2010– was the point of departure for articulating a language of wood-printed patterns and symbols. Wielded by the women when they are confronted with armed forces and with the corporations, and used extensively in daily life, the hazelnut sticks are the main supporting element of the installation. The artists felt the necessity to write a text based on dialogues as a way to bring together experience and literature. They worked with processes and materials that reflect the values articulated and protected by the struggle. Becoming acutely aware of what it takes to produce electricity, they preferred manual processes in their production that do not require electric power.

You can get the scanned version of the publication from the Internet Archive.

Will Flow Freely / Who Carries The Water / Naturally-dyed and woodcut printed muslin, hazelnut sticks

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Will Flow Freely / Who Carries The Water / Naturally-dyed and woodcut printed muslin, hazelnut sticks

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Who Carries the Water / Text reproduced with the mimeograph, mimeograph, typewriter, mimeograph stencils, hazelnut stick / Copyleft

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Who Carries the Water / Text reproduced with the mimeograph, mimeograph, typewriter, mimeograph stencils, hazelnut stick / Copyleft

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In the Rivers North of the Future / Who Carries The Water / Watercolour on paper

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Scapegoat / Who Carries The Water / Basket woven with crafted hazelnut sticks, carobs (“keçiboynuzu” in Turkish literally translated as “goat’s horn”), rags