THE MEMORIES OF A COUNTRY

Multi Channel Video Instalation and Two Channel Synchronized Video, Single Channel Audio, 10'00'', 2015

This Video Installation displays personal vs. collective history, crisscrossing between the two. This project is about the history of a country through the memories of a person. Her name is Mieke A. Swaving. She is a Dutch citizen and seventy-four years old and lives in The Hague, the Netherlands. But she has lived in Istanbul for 15 years until 1979. Then, she moved to The Hague and started working at the Turkish Embassy in The Hague as the Ambassador’s secretary.

The Video Installation has two screens. While on two screens you see Ms. Swaving, on one of the screens, she is preparing traditional Turkish food and on the other, she is telling her memories about the country with documents proving them.