Davutpaşa Mid 3

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Exhibiton at Depo Tophane-Istanbul, 23.11.-23.12.12

Artist Ahmet Sel could have been one of the imprisoned. As a leftist young men he managed to flee out of the country on time.

Countless young people were locked behind bars for years after the military coup 1980 in Turkey. Most of them had never been involved in violent activities. The were political activists, posting petitions, sharing out flyers, demonstrating.

Ahmet Sel’s flatmate from Paris, Şahin Arslan, is one of the 42 young men on the pictures from Davutpaşa Mid 3. The former military hospital was serving as a military prison in the 1980th.

Şahin Arslan helped the Photographer to meet the other prisoners. Long talks about lifes in the shadow of a lost youth followed. Sel shot portrait pictures at locations the Ex-prisoners chose:

“The Mid 3 ward, now used as an art studio by a university (Şahin Arslan); the asphalt road that has taken the place of teahouses along the shore, and the coastline that gradually moves further away (Mustafa Taluğ); the hills of Dragos, once a place to visit to find solitude in the years after coming out of prison, but now covered with kitsch villas of the wealthy classes (Sefer Atalay); a five-storey building in Sefaköy, erected in place of a police department once used as a torture house (Kemal Işık);”

An impressive exhibiton with a solid Interplay of Photographs, objects and texts.

I will get the book from Aras Publishing House. It reflects the heritage of the Coup d’état in Turkey by giving the agony of that time human faces showing some visible but hiding much more invisible scars and cracks under a layer of skin.

Exhibiton at Depo Tophane-Istanbul, 23.11.-23.12.12 Artist Ahmet Sel could have been one of the imprisoned. As a leftist young men he managed to flee out of the country on time. Countless young people were locked behind bars for years after the military coup 1980 in Turkey.

Most of them had never been involved in violent activities. The were political activists, posting petitions, sharing out flyers, demonstrating. Ahmet Sel’s flatmate from Paris, Şahin Arslan, is one of the 42 young men on the pictures from Davutpaşa Mid 3. The former military hospital was serving as a military prison in the 1980th. Şahin Arslan helped the Photographer to meet the other prisoners. Long talks about lifes in the shadow of a lost youth followed.

Sel shot portrait pictures at locations the Ex-prisoners chose: “The Mid 3 ward, now used as an art studio by a university (Şahin Arslan); the asphalt road that has taken the place of teahouses along the shore, and the coastline that gradually moves further away (Mustafa Taluğ); the hills of Dragos, once a place to visit to find solitude in the years after coming out of prison, but now covered with kitsch villas of the wealthy classes (Sefer Atalay); a five-storey building in Sefaköy, erected in place of a police department once used as a torture house (Kemal Işık);” An impressive exhibiton with a solid Interplay of Photographs, objects and texts. I will get the book from Aras Publishing House. It reflects the heritage of the Coup d’état in Turkey by giving the agony of that time human faces showing some visible but hiding much more invisible scars and cracks under a layer of skin.

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