YELIZ PALAK

Su gibi git su gibi gel

(Zurich, Switzerland)

 

“Go as light as water flows, and come back as free flowing as water does”: this Turkish idiom represents a ritual. To say goodbye to family members departing on a journey, the person that stays pours water behind them, a gesture that imbues the farewell with hope for a swift reunion.

This collection of posters invites the viewer on a journey. The photographs, drawings, and collages were developed in various parts of the world. The collected memories bring together cities, routes, and traces, becoming a personal map. Individual storylines are interwoven within a larger context. The project attempts to think up a language for being in the world and its fragility, and to think about what belonging means.

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Yeliz Palak works as an artist and filmmaker. She graduated from the Zurich University of the Arts and the University of the Arts Berlin with a specialization in film. Her research-based works have been shown in exhibitions and screenings in various international contexts. Recent projects investigate narratives of migration with an interest in connecting time, place and space in-between.  Yeliz Palak also organizes media workshops for children and young adults to create access to artistic practices.