Halil Altindere

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Video still of "Homeland," 2016, courtesy Halil Altindere; Pilot Gallery, Istanbul

* 1971 in Mardin, TR, lives and works in Istanbul, TR

Blending realism and fiction, Halil Altindere’s new video Homeland (2016), shot in Turkey and Germany, spotlights the experience of forced migration. The contradictions that define refugee status are voiced by Mohammad Abu Hajar, a rapper from Syria who is now based in Berlin. His rhymes accompany the viewer through scenes partially based on real-life footage—from a border crossing to the hidden waterways of Istanbul—and concluding at the Tempelhof complex in Berlin, a former airport and now a new refugee camp. The work brings the migration crisis engulfing Turkey and the globe home to Berlin, a political center where Europe’s response to the crisis is forged.

List of works

Homeland, 2016

HD video, color, sound, 10’6”
Vocals and lyrics Mohammad Abu Hajar
Music Nguzunguzu
Courtesy Halil Altindere; Pilot Gallery, Istanbul
Commissioned and coproduced by Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
With the support of SAHA Association

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Video still of Homeland, 2016; courtesy Halil Altindere; Pilot Gallery, Istanbul
Installation view from left to right: Halil Altindere, Homeland, 2016; courtesy Halil Altindere; Pilot Gallery, Istanbul; Anna Uddenberg, Transit Mode-Abenteuer, 2014–16; courtesy Anna Uddenberg; Sandy Brown, Berlin; photo: Timo Ohler