Hairy Tale


Hairy Tail
Photograpy and Photo Albums, 2011
As part of the Re-Locate Project organized by Apartment Project
Re-Locate Exibition, Rumeli Han, Istanbul, 2011
Who Left/What Behind, Center for Contemporary Art, Ankara, 2012

The theoretical framework of the Re- Locate project is based on the population exchange between Anatolia and the Balkans and it focuses on the flexibility of the borders, cultural similarities, controversies, the lack of communication between cultures, as well as various methods of developing new communication models. In addition, the project aims at establishing a new network between artists, curators, writers and institutions by making the shared history in the selected places its most important guide. This network also intends to form a dialogue between peripheral places, small-scale cultural centers, and artists.

Re- Locate Project proposes an experimental workshop practice that is based on mobility and translocation. The suggested mobility tries to encompass the physical transitivity of the cities and borders, as well as the flexibility of historical, identitarian, and ideological borders.

The “Hairy Tale” project is based on two different but intertwining investigations. The first pillar of the project is a visual investigation about the beauty conception of women, the diverse approaches about the familiar commitment and the creation of false memories. The other pillar is a verbal documentation about the common history of Turkey and Balkan nations and the reflection of this history on the cultural perceptions of people today.



Almost in all cultures and socio-economic classes in the European geography, the preparation of the bride for the wedding, includes a visit to the hairdresser’s for a special bridal hair and a bridal make-up. This ceremony continues with a visit to a professional photography studio to take a picture of the bride and the groom whom are supposedly in their best “look”. With the over made hair and make up and with the help of re-touched photos this “precious moment” freezes forever.



The first objective of the project is to experiment this beauty process and to examine the “re-touched” results of the wedding pictures in different countries or cultures, to investigate the common points or differences and to make a visual collection of false memories.
The second objective of the project consists of documentation of the conversations in the Hairdresser’s. These conversations focuses on the common culture or differences of Turkey and Balkan countries, marrigage, beauty, commitment etc.



The project realized according to a script to facilitate the conversations. The artist herself acts as the Turkish bride getting married to a local. This script helps to keep the talk focused on the countries, nation’s stereotypes, national histories, being a foreigner, the marriage of the different cultures etc.
On the other hand the bride gives full permission to the hairdresser’s to make her beautiful and to fit in the countries bride aesthetics. She does not make any desicions about the hair or the make up. After the session in the Hairdresser’s, the bride goes to the photography studio to pose for series of bridal photos. Also in this part all the aesthetic decisions will be left to the photographer’s taste.


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