bi'bak invites the Turkish video collective artıkişler with its current project bak.ma. bak.ma is a digital media archive for the political resistance in Turkey. Based on the Gezi Park protests in 2013, bak.ma aims to shed light on Turkey's recent history through a collection of audiovisual recordings, documentaries and testimonies from contemporary witnesses.
"bakma" means "do not look" in Turkish. The idea for bak.ma derives from a quote by the sociologist Ulus Baker from 1996:
"'Normal citizens, get lost!' is a police announcement recorded in the center of Ankara. Here, the 'not normal' citizens are clearly the ones surrounded by the police troops and tanks. The desire of the state is probably for them to 'disappear' or 'blow away' as fast as possible [...]. For the first time, a call from the police to 'normal' citizens suggests that they 'disappear' or 'dissolve' in the liveliest streets of the city. Another police call - 'Do not look!' - has a similar sound as the command 'Disappear!'. 'Do not look!' - this command points to the special ability of men to distinguish between 'looking' and 'seeing'. After all, all humans have the ability to see with countless eyes (like the bees), even if they are not looking... no one can stop that."
artıkişler (English title: leftoverworks) is a video collective that tries to create collective production and distribution spaces in the fields of contemporary visual culture and arts. They follow the principles of collective working, exhibition and screening strategies in collaboration with other groups that have similar orientations on the breaking point issues of Turkey’s near social history such as: urban transformation, gentrification, forced migration, refugees, labor in urban space, archiving and collective social memory.