|| On The Raod to Other Lands | 2008 ||
On the Road to Other Lands | 2008 | Book + Installation + walldrawing | view from Kunsthalle Basel | collection of FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais
On the Road to Other Lands
On the Road to Other Lands is an installation including the original material used for the artist book, the signed artist book itself and a wall drawing. While preparing this artist book that looks like a German passport (only the eagle on the cover replaced with a tiger motif which is my own design), I used photographs and old banknotes collected from my own family album, the flea markets and second hand book stores in Kadikoy/Istanbul, Kallio/Helsinki and Waterlooplain/Amsterdam. These original materials arenow on display in the cupboard as main part of the installation. The cupboard is an antique, perhaps it was used for years at someone’s living room. The book is in fact about the State Printing House (BundesDruckerei) in Berlin that has been active since 130 years. There they print the passports for Germany, Palestinian Autonomous Territories, Moldova, Albania and Romania with a very sophisticated technology. They also printed banknotes for countries like Turkey, Bulgaria, Venezuela, Peru, Colombia and Israel. And for countries like Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo, Southern Cypress and Lithuania they print identity cards. For the book I made up catchphrases for this State Printing House such as: “Legality for all countries”, “See the world through our colours” and “BundesDruckerei is working for your country since 1879”. In my research I found out that all the countries that they print passports for, have an “eagle” as their national symbol. I used this coincidence as a given in the map of BundesDruckerei Eagles and I chose to use an eagle form as a backround of the installation . So I mixed and matched facts and fictional visuals in the book. My intention was to illustrate and open discussion on how this printing house was actually merging the economy of power and the economy of paper (banknotes, passports, identity cards), and yet this was slipping out of attention.
Book is published by A Prior Magazine in collaboration with 5th Berlin Biennial | Edited by Els Roelandt and Silke Baumann | Design: Ahmet Ogut | Translations: Mari Shields, Elif Bereketli, Silke Baumann | Printed in the spring of 2008 by Die Keure, Burgge | limited of 500 copies | Published with the kind support of Kunsthalle Basel, the Flemish Ministry of Culture and The Royal Academie of Fine Arts od the University Collage Ghent (KASK)