Küçükyalı Arkeopark, Istanbul, Turkey
A site-specific installation by Hera Büyüktaşçıyan at Küçükyalı Arkeopark
June 18 – September 3, 2016
Opening: June 18, 2 - 7 pm
Visiting hours: Mon-Fri 1 - 5 pm
As a guest artist for the program, ‘The Traces of the Past for Contemporary Creativity: Urban Archeology and Küçükyalı Arkeopark’ supported by Istanbul Kalkınma Ajansı , Hera Büyüktaşçıyan will create a large-scale installation within the active archeological site at Küçükyalı Arkeopark. The installation will be on view from June 18 – September 3, 2016.
The Arkeopark is the most extensive archeological site to date on the Asian side of Istanbul, where the Satyros Monastery was discovered in 2001. Thought to be built by Ignatius, the patriarch of Constantinople (AD 847-857 and 867-877) in the second half of the 9thcentury, the site is now surreally located in a highly populated and constructed area of the city, surrounded by contemporary life.
Once a neighborhood associated with summer rest, views of the sea, gardens and mansions, Küçükyalı is now a neighborhood obstructed by time and urban development. Titled, ‘Rising…a small height from the ground,’** Büyüktaşçıyan’s installation speaks to the idea of the invisible and unknown history that lay below our feet in her creation of an imaginary creature. The being lives in an invisible world, accumulating lost urban and spatial memories, only reappears as a reminder of that which is forgotten, left buried.
The project invites the audience to explore the cistern of the Satyrıs Monastery which hosts this imaginary creature and brings together the sea waves of the present and the islands to which Patriarch Ignatius was exiled.
** ‘’Rising…a small height from the ground’’ is quotation from the poem 'Aretai' dedicated by Anna Komnena to the gardens of the Asian side of Istanbul.