On Water (Auf dem Wasser), Ayşe Erkmen’s (Istanbul) artwork for Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017

Following with the recent impressions in Münster, this is one of the interesting works to see and to experiment. Besides the official descriptions, this is a work that generates a variety of suggestions. Depending on the point of view you see people walking on water. Or you may recall the refugees phenomenon, that have to go through water to go from one place to another. Anyway it is a remarkable piece of art that requires that you put your feet into water to fully appreciate it.

On Water (Auf dem Wasser) is the title of Ayşe Erkmen’s artwork for Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017. For Skulptur Projekte 2017, Erkmen selected Münster’s inland harbour as her location. Just below the surface of the water between the bustling Nordkai (northern pier) and the industrialized Südkai (southern pier) she installed a jetty that links the two riverbanks. It creates the impression that visitors are walking on water. In that sense, they become visible actors on Erkmen’s stage. In addition, the artist points out problems of a sociological and city-planning nature: How are borders drawn on maps, and how is sociocultural access achieved on the drawing board? How can existing hurdles be overcome, both physically and metaphorically?

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