Onur Ciddi

Onur Ciddi is an Istanbul based artist who creates artwork integrated with the stories from the past and archival visual founding. He recently worked on the Oral History project, which focused on minorities’ daily life experience and everyday resistance in the People’s Republic of Bulgaria. Memory within space and time hold a significant place in his notion of work and creation. In his works, he follows a dialectic relation between space and time. According to this correlation, neither space nor time can exist without the other and constitute the grounds for memory to be set up. Without the space, memory cannot hold on and gets lost in time. And without memory, human beings cannot exist, as nothing remains. If a human being does not remember, only time remains. Humans exist as long as they have the memory of the space where they were born and had lived. Thus, as long as space is remembered, time can exist. Otherwise, there isn’t a past left, resulting in non-being. The artist continues to work both in Bulgaria and Turkey. He has recently graduated from History studies at the Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.

Time had stopped – everywhere and nowhere.
Time had stopped – everywhere and nowhere.

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