Anny Öztürk and Sibel Öztürk are sisters and have been working together since 2000. The migration background of their family, which spans several generations and extends from Turkey to Romania to Germany, has contributed to the fact that both of them feel rooted in more than one culture. Memories and stories are associated with more than one place, and sometimes it is precisely this intersection of places and cultures that completes the picture of home.
“home to us can be many things beyond a particular location. It can be a ray of light, a smell, a musical piece. Most importantly, however, it is linked to memories. Those that we have collected in our lifetime as well as those bestowed upon us in the form of family narratives.”
During the lockdown, Anny and Sibel Öztürk moved their artistic activities to the living room among sofa, chairs, and floor and used various household items such as kitchen appliances as working materials. The result is an installation that tells the sisters’ personal story of home. In their video, motifs from the family photo album, memories of travels and their childhood, and also images from their artistic work are interwoven into a story, a dense web of memories. The soundtrack of the video, which was composed specially for this project, creates a feeling of well-being that contrasts strangely with the musty conventionality of the poster-formed wall drawing and a large carpet – ornaments that are used as metaphors for comfortable living and coziness, and playfully transformed by the artists into an abstract Mid-Eastern formal language.
Foto: Harald Schröder