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'Origins of the Island'

'Origins of the Island' is a series of works examining the ways we experience place - not just physically, but through personal associations, dreams and memories. The city and the sea evoke an imagined island whose rituals and mythologies bring together observations of Istanbul with traces of other cities that I have inhabited in reality, literature and imagination. The work is presented in four parts that explore the historical and emotional impact of the body of water that divides Istanbul. These include a composition for foghorns that accompanies a ritual from the imagined island on a stone platform at Moda Burnu seafront, an installation in a disused ticket hut by Haydarpasa station with a written work about the island, a series of paintings installed in tree hollows and a fabric banner hung in a derelict schoolyard.