Emel Karakozak; A New Journey To The Woman Body

A New Journey to the Woman Body

While I was looking for a gift for my kid in the toyshop, I found a kaleidoscope. I tried it immediately and rushed into fairy tales. Reflections and refractions have always risen different feelings in me.

I had the same different feelings when I saw the latest photos of Emel Karakozak. It seemed as if she was telling us the stories of refractions, reflections, unitings and disunitings inside a kaleidoscope. And she does so with traditional nude photography. Nude photos that are taken in traditional forms are multiplied like an embryo. The bodies that fall to pieces while multiplying gain a brand new aesthetics and the nudity disappears. The bodies are perceived as objects.

I wanted to make an interview with the artist whose photos attracts me much. And I did it. She’s been in Irak for a month now, in the middle of the way. We could make a short interview inspite of difficulties; cell phone with broken signals and unconnectable internet.

You were working in another field; how did it happen that you found yourself in photography?

E.K. Well, I can’t say photography was my passion since my childhood, because it was not.Though, I wish it were… My acquaintance with photography goes back to my university years. On that period, I felt myself quite productive and efficient. I was painting, writing poems; I had a dream of publishing a book; but then, I discovered photography. It seems I enjoyed it more than painting and other things that I was interested in those years, I’m still into photos. And as an engineer, my job is to produce and develop. I prefered to use both the photography and engineering within eachother; rather than being one of those who give up one for the other. In short, I have made up a new path to combine different paths in…

How was your latest project”BİR/İM/İZ” born and develop, could you tell us more about it?

E.K.”Existence” is the question which can not be answered and created philosophies. There are a thousand of different opinions about it: emerging out of monkey, Adam or energy… And dozens more … Here the idea behind the”BİR/İM/İZ” starts and makes its way to being woman. Both existing and existing as a woman. Not only that, it reaches the idea of existing on photography as a woman with all the nudity. It’s quite normal to find yourself thinking on feminism when you’re looking for the answer of existing as a woman. Especially if”the woman” is a tunnel that attracts you very much. I say”tunnel”, because when I combine all of them, existing, being woman and being nude make a tunnel in my mind… And here comes up”BİRİMİZ”.

On the photo contest of the”Stop Domestic Violence” campaign organized Hürriyet Newspaper, you came the first. Will you go on working on this kind of social issues?

E.K. I have always enjoyed working on social issues and I won’t torture myself by stop enjoying in future. It is very precious to give messages and tell about something, but what makes a project valuable is the individuals that can perceive and interpret these messages. As long as I have hope for these individuals, I’m in.

How do you express yourself in photography? What is your language of expression?

E.K.”Language of photography”; I like this phrase. Indeed, photography is a language. It may not have letters, but it definitely has a fiction, a scene. It’s a blessing that we can express what we can’t fit in a full page of writing only in a frame. While taking the advantage of this blessing, topics usually determine my language. On BİR/İM/İZ, having the woman as its subject, an abstract and implicit narration emerged. I could adapt a clearer and more concrete way of expression if it were a social issue.

The exhibition whose curator is Merih Akoğul will be opened on 11th May in Artgalerim Nişantaşı Art Gallery. Akoğul points out with”BİR/İM/İZ” series how the human gets lonely by multiplying, gets covered by getting naked and screams by keeping silent. Leaves its borrowed body on trust to the infinity of white. He says that the exhibition presents us a mixed expression in which traditional forms compete from place to place with the post-minimalist expression with bipolar photos which tells about life and death at the same time.

Here is the golden opportunity to re-think on our existence! Let’s re-question where we die down and reproduce, where we meet and leave eachother, where we get lost and found in the exhibition of Emel Karakozak…

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