Kelimeler Kıyafetsiz (:Words Naked/Are Not Enough)
Sera Boeno's “Kelimeler Kıyafetsiz (:Words Naked/Are Not Enough) is an ongoing collection of quotes from public speeches of current Turkish politicians.
In 2014, the text took the form of 10 writing stones. The installation visually drew from Orkhon Inscriptions: bilingually inscribed Turkic artifacts erected to glorify 8th Century Göktürk Princes.
For this iteration, the content is built into a concrete frieze. From the palaces in Nineveh to the border before Syria, walls –physical and abstract – have protected, segregated and confined throughout history.
While the methodology, the typography and the materials all relate to modern processes such as gentrification and mass-printing, the visual language is ancient and archeological. The oxymoron connotes a backward evolution. "*
Taken from the artist's statement.