Seyit Battal Kurt

For the residence in ARCUS

I want to make sound and video recordings of different aspects of the landscape, the nature around Moriya and take some interviews with elderly farmers from Moriya about their perspective on life, history and farming in general. Finally I want to combine these recordings with fantasist elements and objects from the nature, religion and mythology, to create a video installation.

Born in Agri, Turkey in 1978. Lives and works in Dordrecht, Netherlands.
Seyit Battal Kurt in 2005 obtained his B.A. from the Sculpture Department, Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, Netherlands. In 2010, he completed the master course at Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
He has taken part in numerous exhibitions including the ‘Now&After’14 International Video Art Festival (Moscow, 2014), the 2nd International Mardin Biennial (Turkey, 2012), the World Expo Shanghai (Shanghai, 2010), and the 53rd Venice Biennale (Italy, 2009). His international activities include a residency at the Gyeonggi Creation Center (South Korea, 2012). He has also undertaken numerous talks and lectures.

His work is an investigation into the movement of people in global society and subsequent problems of identity, the relationship between people and nature, and food culture. He creates artworks on these themes using film and video. They include a video created from research in the village of his birth, where people are moving away, having lost their former way of life, and a video installation concerning Korean food culture.

The video this artist created from research in the Kurdish village of his birth shows people in a matter-of-fact way, whether a mother baking bread or villagers assisting the birth of livestock. When small, the artist accompanied his father when he left the village to work overseas, and he subsequently spent his youth in the Netherlands. Born in the village, he is both an insider and an outsider there. The artist’s perspective in this video, while warm and quiet, is yet penetrating in its scrutiny—an aspect I found strongly appealing. Today, when changes in industrial structure and expanded distribution are affecting the world’s food culture, I feel curious to see how he will look at Japan’s food culture, which is becoming increasingly homogenized.

Mihoko Nishikawa

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Resident Artists 2014

Seyit Battal Kurt  <Netherlands>

Florencia Rodríguez Giles  <Argentina>

Constantinos Taliotis  <Cyprus>