Olive Tree Mourning, 2024

10 - Baris Seyitvan


New commission for the AR Pavilion

It is said that after the Great Flood, a white dove with an olive branch in its beak flew to Noah’s ark on the high waters. The olive branch, an expression of life after the destruction, meant that God extended his hand of peace and forgiveness to those on the ship. The city and region of Afrin in Rojava met the opposite fate. The Turkish armed forces entered in 2018, wreaking wide-spread destruction, sexual violence, death and ethnic cleansing. This Turkish military operation went under the title of “Operation Olive Branch”. In his performance, Baris Seyitvan reflects on these horrific events from the perspective and silent pain experienced by the olive tree.

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