I was botn the 27th of February in 1954 in Hirit,
a little village hidden away in the mountains of eastern Turkey.
My mother langue is Kurdish. In Hirit, when I was only 6 months
old, an unhappy event made us leave and changed the course of
my entire life.
I never saw an automobile until I was seven,
and in my village,where there was no school, no pencils or paper,
and where all were illiteate, I began to draw pictures at the
same time that I began towalk. With charcoal and whatever I could
since Man invented the first tools millenia ago, he has never
ceased to develop the technology of his predecessors.
Modern domestic appliances and innumerable work
tools invade our daily lives-- the television that we watch, the
telephone that transports our voice over thousands of kilometers,
the electricity that transforms night into day; sometimes dental
prostheses, subcutaneous batteries, a stranger's eye set into
our ocular cavity so that we can see. Automobiles, ships, airplanes,
instruments of war, spaceships, interplanetary travel, bombs of
all sorts; atomic, nuclear, and biological weapons. Skyscrapers,
computers, industrial and military research centers, robots...
Not to mention the tens of thousands of factories necessary for
production of all this, and to manage it, millions of human brains
in perpetual activity.
me, it is time to take ahold of this subject, to formulate a new
reference-- that of a parallel life, a "nature" made by Man piece
by piece, which is called "technology." It is not really alive,
yet it is continual and irreversible.
my portraits, I have tried to hide tons of information and encrypt
life in its multiple facets. "Man-Technology-Nature" in one concept,
without lines of demarcation, as though giving birth to a biomechanical
being. In my opinion, our inventions have become our sixth sense,
our third hands and feet, our wings, our eyes, our brains for
specific chores. By now we have become inseparable.
its conception, I have had to change my vision over 20 times,
as I wanted to create an original face : a man incorporating all
our feelings of insecurity, joy, and fears, that would symbolize
our advanced technology. But also all the inevitable consequences
connected with this modernization, sometimes too exaggerated and
often with negative effects on the fragile equilibrium of precious
Nature. He has everybody around him but no one with him. He has
every reason for being afraid, because it is he who see all, hears
all, knows all. With all the weight of his epoch on his shoulders,
he is a man-machine that breathes, and that remains above all
stakes become greater and greater. But the greatest among them
unite to become "giants." Man as an individual see himself reduced
to a "logo" or an "icon," one among 6 billion that already exist.
"Little individual" or "little state" doesn't count any more today,
or at least less and less. But every person in his "individual
property" possesses particularities and riches different from
those of others...