Bayburt is located between Erzurum and Trabzon at the river Çoruh.
The fortress was in fact first built by Romans, but it was recycled and added to by many others. Marco Polo (1254–1324 and Evliya Çelebi (1611 – 1682) mention it in their reports.
Today the old historical houses need restauration very badly. Old handcrafts like the blacksmithing are fading and replaced by the “modern” plastic world.
In some villages the ehram is still used as a veiling dress.
But maybe theres a way to smooth the gap between old and new times.or a way to put it in a productive, creative discourse?! Have also a look at Baksi museum, it’s located close to Bayburt. http://senseoftime.inenart.eu/?p=890
Baksi is the name of an amazing museum founded by artist Hüsamettin Koçan. It is located up on the mountains above the village Baksi in the province of Bayburt, where Hüsamettin Koçan was born. The ehram is a local dress for women in that region. The fabric is made out of sheep wool.
Istanbulian fashion designer Özlem Süer produced a serial of nine ehram-models for the museum. The cloth was woven by local women in workshops, that are offered at the Baksi museum. Oya Koçan and American artist Mike Berg are visiting the ehram-workshop and do have a look at the woven products.
There’s a group exhibition at Baksi right now. I chose Şakir Gökçebags Shoe-Installation and Kurucu Koçanoglus Installation “When I am adult I want to become an ant”. The Shoes are rubber models worn in the regions villages. The giant ants out of metal are made by Blacksmith of Bayburt.
The Austrian artist shows Transformed posters of Turkish Sex movies from the 1970th. She covered most of the original poster surface with red colour and added slogans of the international Occupy movement.
The actresses are suddenly transformed from their role as sexual ojects. They get real actors as new heroes of a political movement claiming equality and freedom. Occupy!
Ona B. (1957, Vienna) is living and working in Vienna. “Ona” is an artist pseudonym. Ona is the name for “she” in lots of languages. The artist is working interdisciplinary with different media forms. Paintings, installations, Photos, Video, Conceptual art…… Since 1987 she is working partly with other artists as the artist community “Die Damen”
Videoinstllation by Almagul Menlibayeva und Bahar Behbahani in the show “Aftermath” at Aksanat-Istiklal Caddesi Beyoğlu (14. März bis 28. April 2012)
Five countries are surrounding the Caspian Sea: Russia, Aserbaidschan, Turkmenistan, Kasachstan and Iran.
Almagul Menlibayeva und Bahar Behbahani call the Videoinstallation “Ride the Caspian” (2011). They are projecting fictional pictures of the shores of the Caspian sea on two screens. They are running like a simulated dialogue between the Near East and Central Asia.
Almgul Menlibayeva is an artist from Kasachstans. She studied painting and caught attention with her perfomances. Nowadays she’s working with photos and videos.
The artist is exploring the traditions of her homeland, which is influenced by the sowjet occupation and the spreading modernity of the postsowjet time. Women and her work getting instrumentalized by politics are her main theme. In “Ride the Caspian” she is contrasting the postindustrial landscape of the postsowjet ara with symbols of Kasach Nomads. Kasachs already were comlied by the Russian tsar.
These pictures are corresponding with pictures from Iranian artist Bahar Behbahani. She is showing agriculture and urbanism in the old rooted Perian culture.
Behbehani was born in Tehran in 1973. She witnessed the revolution, eight years of the Iranian Iraqui war and all the contradictions of life.
Unsecurity, supression, hope and extremes are the patterns of her history. In her works Behbehani is dealing with topics like love, identity, femaleness, moral and freedom. They are reflecting the suspense packed relationship between tenderness and violense, cultural rooted brutality and family ideologies.
In “Ride the Caspian” she is connecting the industrial landscape of the Caspian sea with scenes of persian daily life. The family atmosphere is broken by the the surrounding. The drilling island in the background appears like a always present threat. The spectator is left with mixed emotions.
Forgotton realities, false narrations and personal involvements in these items are the focus of “Aftermath”. The exhibition shows works by Adel Abidin, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Ceren Oykut, Constantinos Taliotis, Ipek Duben, Ozgül Ezgin, Rheim Alkadhi, Yane Calovski und Almagul Menlibayeva and Bahar Behbahani.