Periphery [Çeper], is an artistic research project that aims to address the motivational elements of considering remembrance as an art subject and the objectification of it. Throughout the research process, the main concern was on understanding the idea behind the monument as an evocative structure and the urge of monumentalization of the unofficial history in relation with the installation. The installation consists of a monolithic structure which is built as a monument for the artist’s personal archive including images, audio, letters and objects of knowledge.
During the research process, various films, some neuroscientific patient cases and visual documents was also analyzed in accordance with their content and metaphorical relations along with some literature review.
As an outcome of the research, a master thesis discussing that the personal archives do not only a compilation of the unofficial history but also act like an archaeological component for the future, had proposed alongside with the exhibition.
For now, the monument can be used as an alternatice exhibition space for the emerging artists.
“We don’t remember; we rewrite memories much as history is rewritten.” repeated Sandor.He spent all his life to understand the function of remembering.
He piled up and became solid together with his memories.
He had already lost his belief about being a form of flesh and bone.
He looked at his left hand with his right hand; what was the thing that makes everything so similar and different at the same time?
He consoled his right hand with his left hand: “It’s all obvious.”
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ABSTRACT iv ÖZET v TABLE OF CONTENTS vi LIST OF FIGURES vii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ix INTRODUCTION: ARCHAEOLOGY FOR THE FUTURE 1 CHAPTER I: "… THEREFORE I AM." 4 CHAPTER II: PERIPHERY "ÇEPER": A MONUMENT ON ITS OWN 12 CHAPTER II.I: Personal Monument 15 CHAPTER II.II: Outer Structure 18 CHAPTER II.III: Inner Structure: Personal Archive 26 CHAPTER II.IV: The Inventory of Some Images And Objects From 33 The Personal Archive CONCLUSION 40 BIBLIOGRAPHY 42