SIFIR, 1991

used cans, lead, linen, 210 x 210 cm

In 1928 Ataturk has discarded the Arabic alphabet and replaced it by latin alphabet overnight. In a way a whole nation went to bed with an alphabet and woke up to another one. This reform was one of the wrenching changes Ataturk made as part of the modernization project which created a nation with identity crisis. 1980’s seemed like another era of radical change; this time looking at USA and trying to adapt everything from economy to language. This alphabet made partly by soldering the cans collected at an American military base in Ankara. It includes a Q, W and X which does not exist in Turkish alphabet along with the 29 letters from it.

SIFIR (detail), 1991

used cans, lead, linen, 210 x 210 cm