UÇAN HALIM - MY FLYING CARPET
Installation of handwoven wool carpet
Carpet Size: 135 cm x 190 cm
Video: HDV; approx. 14 min, loop
Solo exhibition, die Nische, c/o Maser/Palak-Otzoup, Basel 2012
Curators' Network Meeting, Curated by Andrea Löbel and
Jürgen Tabor, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna 2013
Uçan Halım - My Flying Carpet
Deniz Soezen asked Turkish weavers in the small town of Gördes to translate the design of her own childhood drawing (1987/ Turkey) into a wool carpet. The artist documented this complex process which inevitably led to questions regarding trade and globalization. The weavers’ perspectives are presented in a short documentary-style video-piece which is shown together with the original childhood drawing and the carpet.
Carpets can be seen as metaphors for migration. The title “Uçan Halım” – “My flying carpet” highlights the aspect of mobility, whilst echoing popular Orientalist cliches. The project can be considered as a homage to Italian conceptual artist Alighiero e Boetti who used to work with artisan embroiderers in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the 1970's.