Darzanà: Two Arsenals, One Vessel
Feride Çiçekoğlu, Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu and Ertuğ Uçar, in collaboration with the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)
Sale d’Armi, Arsenale
In their second participation to the Architecture Biennale, the pavilion of Turkey will focus on the historical link between the arsenals of Venice and Istanbul and on their common cultural heritage, both in language and architecture.
The word Darzanà shares the same origin with the Turkish word ‘tersane’ and the Italian word ‘arsenale’, which both mean shipyard. The use of such a derived language, or Lingua Franca, was common from late medieval times up to the 18th century to allow seamen and merchants from the Mediterranean to make communication possible between people who do not share a native language or dialect. The choice of this title reflects the link between both cities.
For the Biennale, a baştarda will be constructed out of waste materials from a shipyard in Istanbul and transported to Venice. The bastarda is a vessel with brings together elements from a galley (rowing) and a galleon (sailing). The project will also confront the Arsenale with the historic Istanbul shipyards and its historic associations, exchanges, discussions, similarities, and visions of the future.
The team will also release a book to narrate the history of the dockyards in Haliç, from their first establishment through their golden ages to our times when they eventually became unusable. Also, a special tote bag made of used sail cloth will be designed for the Biennale.
“Venice and Istanbul, despite their different identities and different dimensions today, both featured considerable dockyards that once reflected one another in size and production. The common core of these dockyards were the shipdecks called ‘volti’ in Italian and ‘göz’ in Turkish. For the project Darzanà, a last vessel, a baştarda will be built at an abandoned volti at the Haliç dockyards in Istanbul, using the waste materials on site. It will then be taken to Sale d’Armi, the volti that hosts the Pavilion of Turkey, and re-installed there.”
Feride Çiçekoğlu, Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu and Ertuğ Uçar, curators
More information on the project is available on the website of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.
Review by The Venice Insider
When the team of Turkey announced that they would build a boat in Istanbul and transport it to Venice, I expected to find a small, colorless vessel in the pavilion. That was how the traditional baştarda vessel on the picture in the press kit looked like, as you can see on the picture above. I was therefore very surprised to find a huge ship made of colorful materials in the Arsenale. It is really beautiful, and even more so when you realize it is made from waste materials from the port in Istanbul. It is the only piece in the pavilion, and the link to architecture is rather limited, but it’s certainly worth a visit. Turkey is one of the beauties mentioned in my post with exhibitions you shouldn’t miss at this Architecture Biennale.
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