‘Bliss’ for ‘1001 Nights’ at Arkas Art Center through the 30th of December
Long time ago, not too far from here, in a beautiful house very much like this one, lived my paternal grandparents. My grandmother, Felekşan, was very much a person who chose to spend most of her time within the boundaries of her home. The library on the top floor was where she would spend hidden away from the afternoon heat with the shutters almost always closed to keep the sun from coming in. In this library is where she would share readings from her most precious books with us. ‘1001 Gece Masallari’ was one of those where we would gather around her and listen in perfect silence. What I remember from those afternoons is not the details of the stories told by Sherazad. I rather remember the smooth massive carpet, that I have used for this installation, almost like a dreamy garden covering the library floor; the soothing feeling of my grandmother’s soft voice; and myself in a state of absolute bliss..