Title: Fragile Panic (2022)
Long Durational Performance
Commissioned by: Martch Art Project Gallery, 2022
Duration: 4h, 3 days & 12 hours
Location: Martch Art Project Gallery, Istanbul
Video: Emre Pekçakır
Editing: Ufuk Yeşiloğlu
Each day for four hours, Maria gradually drank one litre of water. With her bladder swelling, she (ad)dressed her past wounds by wrapping them in red and white striped duct tape. In doing so she enveloped herself in a protective skin that insulated her from exterior harm while trapping that which the body (urine) and mind (trauma) needed to relieve. The restrained body, increasingly mutilated by the care and protection it continued to give itself, became overwhelmed by these opposing forces and eventually entered a panic state where shame and surrender were unavoidable, symbolising the experience of the individual in times of war.
Thank you to: Bahar Kizgut, Rik Reinking, Umut Durmuş, Serge Le Borgne, Guillaume Marie, Bengü Gün.
In collaboration with photographer Korhan Karaoysal