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Arts of the Working Class

Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, My Eye’s Pupil Is Your Nest, 2021


Hera Büyüktaşcıyan’s My Eye’s Pupil Is Your Nest (2021) is an impressive installation of blue fabric, hanging and flowing from the castle down to the river. Büyüktaşcıyan followed the traces of the now-nonexistent small rivers of the city, called potok in the local language of Prizren, and has brought them back in a symbolic way. As I learned while talking with the old people from the city, those potoks were the life-veins of Prizren. The name of Büyüktaşcıyan’s work comes from the magnificent church Our Lady of the Ljevis, situated in the middle of the city with its beautiful frescoes, covered by lime after its transformation to a mosque by the Ottomans. One of the craftsmen wrote on that very lime: “My Eye’s Pupil Is Your Nest”. 

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