FIAC, Hors les Murs, Tuileries Garden
17 - 22 October 2017
Inauguration at 5PM, 17 October 2017
Originally conceived for the 2016 Cappadox Festival, Freely You Have Received, Freely Give is a proposal for an archaeological garden inspired by a relief detail located at the entrance gate of the Constantine and Helena Church in Sinasos, a village in Cappadocia in Turkey that is surrounded by fruit trees, agricultural fields and vineyards. Hera Büyüktaşçıyan takes the grape motifs found on the Church’s barrel vault ceiling as a point of departure to reflect on the notion of abundance and benevolence that is historically and culturally embodied in the grape. The work draws attention to a mode of life and the idea of production and creation of knowledge that is being transformed globally, or perhaps even retreating and becoming buried in the past; summoning us to ponder what is diminishing from life in this transformation process. In doing so, she seeks to question how the absence of cultural and creative production shapes histories and reconstructs new ways of representation as well as the very existence of memory.
Photo credit: Murat Germen