Every name in history is I and I is other (2013)

Produced on the occasion of Rendez-vous 13 with the support of Institut d’art Contemporain.

Titled after Zişan’s autobiography, Every name in history is I and I is other conjures a suppressed narrative of the Ottoman past and the top-down transformations imposed by the Turkish Republic through an untimely collaboration. Zişan, who is a recently discovered historical figure, a channeled spirit and an alter ego, appears with selected fragments from her archive. In the Posthumous Production Series, İz Öztat takes on Zişan’s work and claims an anarchic lineage that goes back to a queer Ottoman woman, who drifted with political commitments, coincidences and obscure obsessions.

To view the publication produced as part of  “Every name in History is I and I is other” click here.

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Portal, 2010 (Copper, digital audio)

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Posthumous Production Series (Wayward Script, Utopie), 2013 (Cane webbing, esparto grass)

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Posthumous Production Series (Wayward Script, Utopie), 2013 (Cane webbing, esparto grass)

 

A page placed on the cover of The Utopie Folder taken from the first issue of Kurtuluş journal (September, 1919) published by Turkish Workers and Peasants Socialist Party.

A page placed on the cover of The Utopie Folder taken from the first issue of Kurtuluş journal (September, 1919) published by Turkish Workers and Peasants Socialist Party.

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Untitled, 1928 (Collage) Zişan

 

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Posthumous Production Series (Inherited Weights, Zişan), 2012, Polyamid

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On the left: Decleration of Women’s Gang – Being a wife and a mother are neither commands of nature, nor sacred duties. – Compulsory conscription should be abolished and children should not be granted to the nation. – Faith in morals and the nation do not free women, instead they instrumentalize women for societal stability. – Ethnic nationalism is not patriotism. – Political rights cannot be gained by voting or entering the parliament in a single party regime. – Education should contribute to personal freedom and will, instead of the motherland and nation. On the right: Sketch for an anti-conscription poster from Zişan’s Utopie Folder 1915 – 1917