New Photography 2011

George Georgiou. _Yeniköy village, Artvin_. 2007. Pigmented inkjet print, 27 3/4 x 40 15/16" (70.5 x 104 cm). Courtesy the artist. © 2011 George Georgiou

George Georgiou. Yeniköy village, Artvin. 2007

Pigmented inkjet print
27 3/4 x 40 15/16" (70.5 x 104 cm)
Courtesy the artist. © 2011 George Georgiou

GEORGE GEORGIOU: My name is George Georgiou.

The name of this series is Fault Lines Turkey, East to West. For me it was important to understand what was happening in Turkey today, with Turkey being in between so many things—and not just East and West and religious or secular.

In English, fault line, you can kind of translate that into actually sort of divisions. I lived there for four and a half years, and it was during these long, cross country trips, I started to notice the development that was going on.

The Yenikoy Village—actually yenikoy means "new village". That's a very typical type of new village that they're building on these small grids. And I kind of find that most people are not particularly happy, I think, because of the way the land around the houses is being divided in these small plots. You can't really keep animals and grow food. There's so many contradictions in Turkey, it's really difficult to pin anything down because nothing is really black and white. I wanted it to work on two levels.

One's more global questions about how Brazilians look at the work and go "wow, this could be Brazil or Mexico or China" especially with the modernization aspects of it. There are also all these aspects of local issues. I didn't want to sort of drum or bang away at certain ideas, I wanted to do it in a very subtle way. You're not really sure if you're in the east or the West or when you think you're in the East, in fact you're not in the East, you're in the West and vice versa. It isn't a geographical division. It's the idea of East and West.

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