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SURIYE PASSAGE

When you enter Suriye Passage from the Istiklal Avenue and look up, the SUPA MANZARA bridge on the fourth floor catches your eye from among all the colorful kites. This absorbing bridge is not like any other bridge; it attracts one like a magnet. When you cross the bridge, you come upon the exhibition/installation Yearning.

SKYLIGHT, THE SPACE OF YEARNING

The atrium extending up to the seventh-floor of the passage is adorned with many different hexagonal Turkish kites of our childhood which we used to make and paint with our hands and then fly. The strings of each kite are tied to separate plates on the columns of the passage. On these A4-sized plates at the end of each string are photographs and texts introducing the people who live and/or work in the passage. The texts contain information about the people and their childhood memories which have shaped them individually and professionally in their adult lives. Each tenant in the passage has been gifted a kite by me, which I personally painted. On a few kites, the exhibiting artist introduces himself as an artist and as someone who builds bridges. 70 kites symbolizing the 70 units of the passage, with their glowing colors and frills as they sway up in light breeze are placed in the passage. So many gleamy colored kites will draw people passing by on the Istiklal Avenue into the passage. Symbolizing the child, the infinitude and the freedom within us, the kites will reawaken the yearning for their own childhoods, for love, for coming together, for community and for freedom in the audience. Doubtlessly, this installation will bring many people in Istanbul together in this space.

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THE LIFE OF THE KITE-FLYING CHILDREN

We live closely in houses and flats, unaware of our neighbours. And we miss out on so much in the lack of such acquaintance. The kites in Suriye Passage were made for the very purpose of getting acquainted with a small world; with the microcosmos within the passage. These kites make the people of this microcosmos visible and therefore more easily approachable for conversations, exchanges of ideas and building communities. In an alienated society, our yearnings for our childhoods as well as our dreams will help us reunite. And this is the very idea which gave life to the Yearning exhibition on the Fourth Floor.