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2022

m-est.org

Initiated in 2019, SAHA Art Writing aims to support independent art writing in Turkey. Having begun its first term with Evrim Altuğ’s monthly articles and reviews reporting on the agenda of the art world, the series was undertaken by Kültigin Kağan Akbulut in 2020, who has contributed or commissioned texts as an editor that brought forward current issues of the artistic field in Turkey. In 2021, Murat Alat who was the resident writer and programmer of SAHA Studio, penned texts on artworks that investigate the potentials of the matter, among the projects supported by SAHA in the previous ten years. Most recently, SAHA invited m-est.org, an artist-centered publishing initiative run by artist Merve Ünsal and curator Özge Ersoy, to develop an editorial framework for 2022.

Supported by the SAHA Art Initiatives Sustainability Fund 2021-22, m-est.org will publish a series of texts focusing on the weather reporting of the respective locations where the invited artists and writers are based. The series intends to address the artistic strategies to measure, report, fabulate, and tell stories about the weather, air flows, circulation, and other high to low pressure aspects of our practices and cities. The texts will be accompanied by talks and lectures between spring 2022 and spring 2023.

About m-est.org

Founded in 2011, m-est.org is an online publication, conceived as an artist-centered initiative. Works by artists, studio visits, articles based on and related to conversations on visual practices are published on m-est.org, imagined as a virtual discussion space. Artists and cultural practitioners trace issues of concern or curiosity publicly on m-est.org. The focus on artists from Turkey reiterates a widening network of people, starting with where we are, to explore where we are going to go, limited only by our own interests, associations, and affinities.
One of the founding principles of m-est.org is that it is and always will be free to access online.

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"Tying Together The Text Between Two Doors” functions as a guide that helps us accompany Yasemin’s meandering across text and image-based notes in which materials, surfaces, and spaces are entangled. This text, which formed around our correspondence with Yasemin, which was initiated through an e-mail with the subject line “a textual invitation” on January 31, 2022, was written around photographs of things. 
—Merve Ünsal

Tying Together The Text Between Two Doors
Yasemin Nur
yasemnaan@gmail.com


"I’m wandering inside our correspondence (I consider our correspondences a space). 

I went over to collect the materials after the shoot. And in one of the large vases and the glasses that we used in a scene, there were plants, sitting in water. 

I watched that flower left in water yesterday night, I’m sharing it with you as an attachment. 

I also discovered that the colors of the flowers do not bleed in drinking water, it has to be chlorinated tap water!

I put the water that had taken on the color of the discarded flowers in jars and brought them home. 

And then I corresponded with a friend and he said, you always put your sheets of paper horizontally in containers, why don’t you place them vertically. 

I placed the paper vertically in a jar for the first time. A slight shift can be so transformative for the mind... I had always left the sheets of paper flat in soup plates, letting the paper be soaked in the water of the plants that I had been boiling"

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SAHA Art Writing, which starts out with the text breath of the wind like a small cloud by Merve Ünsal, is to proceed with the participation of different artists and to be complemented by international partnerships and programs at SAHA Studio over the course of a year.

We start this series with a text by artist Merve Ünsal, the founding editor of m-est.org. She discusses the wind as a recurring idea, a traveling sound, a familiar storyteller, an unexpected embrace. Merve’s piece sets the tone for the series that delves into ideas in progress and intimate exchanges we rely on to support each other's practice. 
—Özge Ersoy 

with the breath of the wind like a small cloud 
Merve Ünsal

"Guided by the specters of the nine joints and the breathing wind, this past September, I built With the WindWith the Wind is a radio transmission. Installed on SAHA Studio’s balcony and constructed from locally-derived materials, the wind-catcher made of repurposed ventilation pipes is from where the transmission is made."

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About Merve Ünsal 
Researching the boundaries of photography and text in her works, Merve Ünsal traces the moments and situations when the unspoken is transformed into the unspeakable. Her works are always image-driven and she thinks through the media of photography, video, sound, as well as site-specific installations.The artist who serves as the editor of m-est.org alongside her artistic practice, has participated at the residency of SAHA Studio in the period of January-October 2021.

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