İnci Eviner


What is apparent in all of my video works and drawings is the spaces between the concepts of human and national identity, human and sex, grudge and affection, inside and outside, entrance and exit, unheimlich and heimlich, and the ambiguous, variable structure of these spaces. Fluxus of Girls on Europe is about migration and it’s a work full of lament.

How is it possible to be both totally inside and outside; both them and me, both very close and distant at the same time? The political wound of all this femininity, mine and ours, how could this voice, these girls bear it? Girls leave their homes, setting off from Turkey; they turn to Europe as if it was a picnic site; the journey that starts with joy and hope yields to disappointment. Of course, they move by leaving their homes –Heimlich– behind; some of them search for freedom. I wanted to express all this hope, hopelessness, dreams, and disappointments at the same time with poetry. The poetic text rearranges the whole journey as an epic voice, reconstructing the girls’ bodies, and tells the girls:

Soon, evening will fall here

A body will be found and looked within.

Hey you, the girl who sleeps the most and interprets dreams!

Come on; let’s go

The girls joyously tore up their skins

And stabbed the stranger within

Then a freedom…

He sang a song of freedom and left

Suddenly a mad one called out to me on my bed

Come back, your houses are on fire

All together we stopped, looked, erased, forgot, stopped, looked…


Pain in the neck!

Everyone’s complaining about you

Pain in the neck!

Everyone’s complaining about you, everyone’s complaining about you

Girl! You are a pain in the neck!

Everyone’s complaining about you!

It’s late, I’m tired, it’s late,

Slowly, I fell into my face

As he fell, he gave the other a secret

Rilke left you this secret before he died


“And, if the earthbound forget you,

Say to the silent earth:

I flow

To the rushing water say: I am

I am!”


b. Polatli, Turkey

Lives and works in Istanbul. The artist, using various techniques like illustration, photography and video, forms a tension between the space and performing bodies. This tension operates as an artistic approach revealing what is suppressed and breaking the codes. Her video works performing the uncanny on the stage of reason, deal with issues of identity; in particular female identity through social, cultural, historical or political perspectives. Among the selected solo shows are Fluxus of Girls on Europe, Galeri Nev Istanbul • Harem, Art in the Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, London• Nouveau Citoyen, MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France • Hold, Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo • Broken Manifestos, Musée d’ Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. She participated in numerous group exhibitions including : 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane • Desire for Freedom: Art in Europe since 1945, Deutsches Historiches Museum, Berlin • Istanbul Modern-Rotterdam, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam • Making Room: The Space Between Two and Three Dimension, MASSMoCA, Massachusetts • Tableaux Vivants, Bonnier Konsthall, Stockholm • Istanbul Traversée, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille • Affinities: New Acquisitions, Deutsche Bank Collection, Deutsche Guggenheim 1997-2007, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin.