›my camera seems to recognize people‹

“I guess one of my main questions is about how I, as a video-maker, position myself in situations like war and conflict, with images of those conflicts, particularly when other people are present in my videos. This is an ethical question, and I want to approach it from a purely human perspective with simple questions. As someone with a video-activist background who now has an art practice, I keep going in-between these two practices, try and try again to situate myself in between those fields, one foot in each of them, without either having a defining or central role. Art helps me reflect on images, while my background in video-activism and political engagement pushes me to define my practice and position myself. Since 2014 my work is very much reflecting on several issues including the role of the camera, the role of images and how they are used, the nature of activist images, and whether it is possible to be open, honest and transparent with images while being aware of their manipulative nature – the manipulative nature of editing, framing etc. My practice is increasingly a practice that reveals its own processes and especially its relationship to its subjects, and attempts to make sense of conflicts through their images. I realized that I can’t make images without talking about these relationships that form around the camera, I can’t take these relationships for granted.”

 

This is an excerpt from an interview. Access the full text here: https://biennalefotografie.de/en/edition/journal/belit-sag

 

belit sağ: my camera seems to recognize people, 2015, 3-channel video installation