Dispossessed

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Cansu Yıldıran
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Cansu Yıldıran's project "Dispossessed" departs from her own experience as a woman from Black Sea, as a result of her facing the truth that women are not allowed to be a landholder in the plateaus of Black Sea; and questions the system annihilating the women, the existence, locality and sense of belonging of women inside this system.

Although Yıldıran begins her story in 2016, she constructs a narrative of "I have always been baffled since I was a child" and goes on to say that: "Am I a native here? Why don't I have a home here? The sense of belonging related to possession and land augments the meaning of home. Home becomes not only a place that we live in, but as Giles tells, home comes to embrace the relational and emotional space that it is buried in."

As the artist recalls the speech by Ursula Le Guin made in 1983, she rescues an eerie sense of unbelonging from the subconscious, and brings it to surface in this timeless story which all women including herself are at the center: "(…) So what I hope for you is that you live there not as prisoners, ashamed of being women, consenting captives of a psychopathic social system, but as natives. That you will be at home there, keep house there, be your own mistress, with a room of your own."

Home is not only a place; it is a sense of belonging. And similarly, sense of belonging is not the same with possessing. Cansu Yıldıran in her series "Dispossessed" tries to see through the meanings that we overlook and accept without questioning. And the feeling the project gives with a form that tries to illuminate the unseen as it were with a lantern through the night. Surely, informal owners of the houses also get caught by the lantern.

Neither showing nor concealing, the work falls in between the two, and attains an undefinable power.