Rug design for Dhoku.
Dhoku – Parallel Participant 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial / November 03 2014 – December 14 2014
Instruction by Koray Ozgen
Interpreters: Gülfan Atabey, Aslı Zontur
Green in the Middle
“I miss green.
Let’s weave a kilim with Dhoku’s green wools
so that the center gushes of green.
Let’s be so fond of it that,
everytime we see it
we wish to be near it,
we wish to touch it,
and we wish to inhabit it.”
Handwoven, organic handspun wool, 155x215cm. ©2014
The Instructions/Interpretations exhibition opened in Grand Bazaar on November 3, 2014 as part of 2. Istanbul Design Biennial and is realized by Dhoku as a Parallel Participant. The exhibition can be visited until December 14, 2014.
Instructions/Interpretations exhibition intends to produce kilims in collaboration with weavers by way of instructions open for interpretation rather than imposing a completed and predetermined design ordered to be woven. In this relationship, the instructor and the weaver likely become co-authors of the kilim.
Written or visual instructions prepared by artists, architects and designers are interpreted by the weavers and translated into kilims. This exercise alters the conventional designer-contractor relationships and consequently their modes of production, opening up a field of expression for the weaver’s world while anonymizing the designer’s identity.
The exceptional visual language that emerges in produced kilims and its frank and unanticipated expressions can be interpreted as the reflection of the weaver’s world.
The final encounter with the produced kilims in this exhibition initiates another process which encourages the questioning and the re-evaluation of the roles and mechanisms of interaction among the actors of kilim making.
Banu Cennetoğlu, Ela Cindoruk, Cevdet Erek, Zeren Göktan, Kolektif (Aslıhan Demirtaş, Mine Özkar, Ali Cindoruk), Sinan Logie, Koray Özgen
Gülfan Atabey, Cemile Bakay, Hülya Bakay, Ayşe Bayram, Fadime Bayram, Ümmü Erbay, Dudu Gencer, Nergis Hörlek, Bingül Kaya, Emine Sarı, Alime Taşkın, Meral Tıkıroğlu, Eşe Uğur, Fatma Yıldız, Aslı Zontur.