Sandstorm – And Then There Was Dust, at Depo Istanbul
Sinem Dişli has emphasised the borderlessness of ecological challenges in her work Manufacturing of the Familiar and Sand in a Whirlwind. Dişli depicts the ecological inequality between Iraq and Syria on one side and Turkey on the other side as the result of Turkey's excessive dam construction projects on the Euphrates River. The absence of vegetation or trees in much of the region offers the storm a space to move and allows it to grow unhindered, both in size and speed. The work Fields on Fire narrates the moment right before the Wind arrived. Disli was documenting stubble burning, a traditional agricultural technique, where fire is set intentionally to the straw stubble that remains after harvest.
Exhibition view, Mahmoud Obaidi, Turtles, 2005 (l), Sinem Dişli, Fields On Fire, 2015 (r), photo: Kayhan KaygusuzSource: Sandstorm – And Then There was Dust