Secil Yaylali (TR)
The current Galleri CC space, more than 10 years ago, used to be a Turkish bakery. Now for one month the gallery rooms are turned back to their previous function. To be able to touch the memory of the space a journey was created in the space of the gallery. A journey that have an input of the artist’s daily life.
Turkish artist Seçil Yaylalı creates an interactive environment to critically reflect on the contradictory political situation in her country, using the multilayered Turkish sweets as a metaphor of the intricate present. Well-known images from Turkish media are presented in a stylized version like graphic icons. The same images are rolled up in several rolling pins as inked moulds, ready to be printed by the visitors. The kitchen of the bakery, besides producing the different Turkish sweets, will release another kind of everyday product: images from a sad-but-true aspect of Turkey’s contemporary life. Basically these are some of the images that linked to her day nightmares that effects her emotional life. They were the daily happenings that a single person needs to coup with them to be able to have a normal life in her own country. By the act of rolling and printing, participants will be engaged in the reproduction of images of people and places that lost their battle against a tragic history, keeping their memory alive in a simple act of resistance done in a former Turkish bakery.
Artist also made interviews with sweet makers in Malmö and investigated their stories. The stories were about their immigrating to Malmö that they had a stop over in Istanbul, turkey’s biggest city on the immigration way. These stories also made other layers of the whole project and expand the boundaries of the project till Malmö.