Aykan Safoğlu "ziyaret, visit"
Aykan Safoğlus latest cinematic work, "ziyaret, visit" is an attempt to sensitively deal with loss and transgression while visiting graves on the Old St. Matthew's Cemetery in Berlin. The encounters between Safoğlu and Gülşen Aktaş – an activist, feminist, and longtime friend – with personalities (among them May Ayim, Ovo Maltine, and the Brothers Grimm) and tales buried in the West Berlin cemetery testify to the persistence of their biographies marked by activism and passages into the present time.
Artist talk: Given your convenient absence
with Aykan Safoğlu and Masha Godovannaya
A discussion on finding artistic ways to “accompany” someone along the lines of grief and loss, queer resilience and elective affinities.
Aykan Safoğlu (born 1984, Istanbul, Turkey) lives and works in Istanbul and Berlin. His recent exhibitions include Off-White Tulips, Ystad's Konstmuseum, Ystad (solo exhibition, 2016/17), Klassensprachen, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2018); ğ – soft g – queer forms migrate, Schwules Museum* Berlin (2017); Father Figures are Hard to Find, nGbK Berlin (2016); Sight and Sounds: Turkey, Jewish Museum (New York, 2014).