Multi-disciplinary visual project I 2012 - 2017

Multi-disciplinary visual project I 2012 - 2017

As an expansion of my on going multi-disciplinary visual project entitled “Landscape of a Memory”, I intend to document human scars. Regarding the possibility of making a connection between the textural and the human memory, wounds are able to stimulate individuals to travel back in time as they are tangible reflections of personal memories and part of people who carry them on their bodies.

Generally scars have negative connotations. Society tends to perceive people who has facial acne scars negatively as some studies already proofed. Furthermore, people who carry scars on their body are likely unhappy with their appearances and that might cause some difficulties in their social interactions, personal relations, sexual and work life.* Society’s point of view is one of the most important factor that effects directly people’s psychologies. Although we know that it is possible to ameliorate scars with surgical treatment, it is not possible to heal people’s traumas without getting rid of our prejudice or social-attitudes. Most people tend to be polite or avoid focusing on a scar when they meet someone who has distinctively visible scars. However, this kind of social behavior makes people with the scars uncomfortable or irritated. Therefore it can make them become anxious. In addition, some people feel uncomfortable in social interactions with people who suffer from stigma.

Scars have always been of interest to me. All the scars on my body remind me of certain memories attached to them. Against society’s prejudices, I embrace my scars and am happily proud of those signatures of memories on my body. This is one of the main reasons as to why I started to do researches about this topic in 2012 during my Erasmus semester in Potsdam University and created first photography series in 2013 in Istanbul. Mainly, I want the spectator to see scars stripped from any negative preexisting connotations. Thus, this idea stimulates me into shooting in black and white photographs to separate wounds from the bodies they belong to, and make them obscure to break their conventions.

Despite the fact that the photographs have many conventions from themselves, the added texts encompass their own meanings. Thus, I inquire people from my
photographs to explain with a word or two about what their scars, memories meant to them. These words formed the titles of each photograph in the series. Besides adding a different meaning on to the photographs, they juggle the spectator’s perception of the message the photograph and the tittle combined is trying to give. Therefore these scars reach the spectator, lacking conventional connotations of these body deformations as much as possible.

Wespennest I 3D video installation I 2017

BLIND FIELD Artist Experience I  Tuyap Art Fair Istanbul I 2018

Sehen: Play! Neue Arbeiten aus der UdK Berlin I Volksbühne Berlin I 2017

Ich bin ein Berliner! I Toz Artist Run Space Istanbul I 2017

Sehen: Play! Neue Arbeiten aus der UdK Berlin I Volksbühne Berlin I 2017

Ich bin ein Berliner! I Toz Artist Run Space Istanbul I 2017


ich atme langsam

ein und aus

drei mal



in eine andere Welt – bizarr


ich liege auf dem Rücken

aufgebahrt – nackt

die Decke bewegt sich – pulsiert

weiße Gestalten huschen vorbei


aus der Decke wachsen Kreaturen herab,

kommen auf mich zu – mit langen Armen, Tentakeln

kopfüber, wabernd wirken sie auf mich ein


sind das Monster?

furchteinflößende Wesen mit Scheren und Skalpellen?


und dennoch ist alles weich und fließend und richtig


ich wache auf – die Wunde – ein Wespennest

kein Schmerz – nur Summen

Wolfgang Bankstal

deformations (1 of 10)

From the Field to Disbandment

deformations (10 of 10)

Sour Begining, Happy Ending

deformations (3 of 10)

My Soul

deformations (4 of 10)

The Little Worm

deformations (5 of 10)