“mankurt” takes its name from a Kyrgyz legend, in which a “mankurt” is someone taken as a prisoner of war and tortured to forget his name, family and home. This two channel video/audio installation presents a telescoping view on the body as a topological entity controlled by social agencies; its relationship to politically controlled and regimented space.
The project evokes the historical failure of claiming and constructing space and the effect that the spatial politics -- geographical and political -- had on the formation of constructs such as language and national identity. Such constructs play a role in development not only of the virtual identity (the identity of the “I” in the world) but on a tangible level mold the continuously subdividing cells in our bodies.
The footage covers: Bahrain (the Arab Spring), Occupy London, space between the border of EU and Ukraine, train stations in Calcutta, Mainz and many others. The telescoping effect starts with shots of the failure to claim a space in the uprisings to actions marking space that are articulated by commodity objects: illusory expressions of national products such as Morton salt.
The text is a weave from many different authors: from Derek Jarman to Pierre Guyotat and artist’s own.