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Maps For A War Tourist (2017)

Performance; live tortoises, webcams, contact mics, printed silk, paper, miniature stage constructed from plywood and plexi-glass, model trees, LEDs.
Duration: 1.20hr.
Performed, Mount Tremper Arts, May 2017; Dixon Place, New York, June 2017.
Artists: Kathryn Hamilton, Kelsea Martin, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptise, Cyrus Moshrefi, Bruce Steinberg and Jeremy M. Barker.

For Ayse Deniz Karacagil, Destan Temmuz.

 

Photographs from the Dixon Place performance, 2017

Maps For A War Tourist is an live-film and live-audio essay created to follow the rhythms and pace of a tortoise. Research and document-based, it is dedicated to, and follows the story of, a young turkish woman named Ayse Deniz Karacagil, who became an icon of the resistance, political prisoner, armed militant, and finally martyr fighting in Syria. In parallel to Deniz's story, Maps considers myths, legends and movements connected to the tortoise: from the death of Aeschylus via falling tortoise, to the Czech anti-fascist underground in the Second World War, who called for a resistance based on slowing down, and used the image of the tortoise as their symbol. 

 

Hand drawn maps showing routes taken from Turkey to the PKK women's base in Qandil, Iraq

 

Three slide shows / tortoise stories from the performance:

 

An interview with the mother and grandmother of Ayse Deniz Erdogan, screened as a part of the performance:


Maps for a War Tourist was co-produced by Mount Tremper Arts and Dixon Place.