"Come on son, show your penis to your uncles!"
Part I from an interview with Nurant Magazine
How did you proceed to realize these works?
Turkey with its multifarious culture gives birth to various votive concepts. The value of male-child is still incomparable in most part of Turkey. Male-child regarded as most precious votive. The three illustrations I created for this issue are in order and in whole depict a story of a boy growing up in patriarchal society. Since from their early ages, boys are raised with learning to brag with their manhood, power, possession and hegemony. In the first illustration called “come on son, show your penis to your uncles!” The first step of misleading education of child is shown. In the second one called “Dear son, this evil eye will protect your manhood” what was shown generously before is now closed and crowned. “The virgin blooded sheet is the proof of my achieved manhood, votiveness“ is the climax of the boy’s manhood and the end of the boy as a votive.
"Dear son, this evil eye will protect your circumcised manhood."
What brought you represent sexuality as a votive object?
Although sexuality is what is seen through directly through my illustrations, the idea behind them is manhood. Maybe in more appropriate words man centered universe with Turkish iconographic symbols of masculinity and hegemony.
"The virgin blooded sheet is the proof of my achieved manhood, votiveness."
"Hell is other people", Jean-Paul Sartre said. In your works we can always see the clapping of anonymous hands: do we deserve grace only facing "other people"?
I believe those anonymous hands are between clapping and praying, between appreciations and hope. They symbolize the society changes that little boy into a votive symbol. As you mentioned Sartre, the boy judges himself through the means his family, his friends, even his neighbours have. Thus, it can be said that hands are the representatives of boy’s hell.