Only Dead Fish Go With The Flow

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image from ‘Bahar’ exhibition the Istanbul off-site project for Sharjah Biennial13, 2017

only dead fish go with the flow, multi-channel video installation, HD, sound, colour, 2017

In the video installation titled ‘only dead fish go with the flow’, Öğrenci depicts the migration of ‘pearl mullet’ who leave Lake Van for freshwaters every year in spring time to lay eggs, because they can’t reproduce in alkaline water of the lake. Every year, around mid-April when waters start warming up, the mullets start migrating towards river mouths and try to adjust their body temperatures to the fresh water. From May on, they start their difficult journey into the streams and swimming upstream, develop skills such as flying in order to overcome obstacles till end of June. In the installation she brought together using the furnitures from her house, Öğrenci attempts to approach notions of sustaining one’s species, survival struggle, resistance, migration and forced migration through a nature metaphor.

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image from ‘Bahar’ exhibition the Istanbul off-site project for Sharjah Biennial13, 2017

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image from ‘Bahar’ exhibition the Istanbul off-site project for Sharjah Biennial13, 2017