HD, color, stereo, 28'
The video installation Mulberry Tree opens up a space for different stories relating to the province of Hatay, which is located on the Turkish-Syrian border. Current developments, such as the relationship between Syrian war and European border policy, are negotiated, as are the historical continuities of the conflicts that have existed in the region since the genocide of Armenians in 1915.
Mulberry Tree uses film still-like panoramas to show fragmentary and eclectic shifts in the meanings of a place and its process of change. Mulberry Tree is an appropriation of historical facts and remembered moments located between static and archival material. The landscape images create a relation between remembering, re-enactment and deconstruction. The overlays between the micro-level of the individual memories and the macro-level of the historical contexts serve as a central theme through the entire work. On the visual level, staged studio shots are assembled together with historical material. Objects that have arisen from a skewed memory can be seen next to pictures of newly erected border walls. „You need four people to play Okey...“ says the voice-over, which makes itself the subject of history through its narrative. A history that also wants to be read as a counter-narrative to the hegemonic representation of history.
In the installation there are some shots from Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade". This raises the question of how the province of Hatay was and is constructed and consumed as the Orient in Western feature films. A further element of the narrative is one of the first books on Armenian remembrance culture: "The Forty Days of Musa Dagh".