How to Write Stories with a Stranger/How to Tell Stories to a Stranger
Rooted in performance, writing and storytelling, Işıl Eğrikavuk's practice brings together dialogue-based community art practices with fiction and imagination. She works with the specific dynamics of the site, its inhabitants, history and politics and connects the outcomes of her research to her writing by creating imaginative, often humorous and satirical stories.
In this presentation, Eğrikavuk focuses on three performance works of hers. In a recent performance, Dear Fear (2019), she has worked together with a 'Jugendheim' (youth home) in a Berlin village, where young refugee boys are staying. In another performance in 2017, titled Pluto's Kitchen, she compares the exiting of Pluto from the planetary system to England's exit of the EU (Brexit) and a personal break up story, around a dinner table performance. In her 2012 work, Change Will Be Terrific, she proposes to bring the pyramids of Egypt, the Greek Parthenon and Palmyra in Syria to Istanbul's famous Taksim Square, to take part in a mock talk-show.