YouTube States of masculinity from Yeşilçam

In recent years, the Festival on Wheels has hosted shows and performances by Köken Ergun, CANAN and Işık Eğrikavuk with the objective of bringing contemporary art to film audiences. This year’s guest artist is Zeyno Pekünlü. Pekünlü’s video work traverses public and private manifestations of different forms of domination, extending in range from reconfigured Yeşilçam melodramas to collages of ‘How to…?’ video clips collected from YouTube. In both the Yeşilçam melodramas and YouTube videos, men talk to one another and look at one another; but women, who are the sole object of male characters and the construction of manhood, remain off screen. In this way, the videos successfully distort the ever secret world of manhood precisely because it is there staring us in the face.

In this section Zapata in Istanbul, Same Old Song, Man to Man, Don’t Let Anyone Hear!, A Bathroom of One’s Own and How to Properly Touch a Girl So You Don’t Creep Her Out? were shown at the Goethe Institut. A Q&A session was held after the screening with Zeyno Pekünlü and Prof Dr Alev Özkazanç.

Following the tradition of previous years, the Zeyno Pekünlü exhibition was held in collaboration with SALT between November 18 and January 7.