About soft bodied evils

Video, 05’30”, Istanbul, 2019

In the video work About soft bodied evils (2019), the artist places rose thorns on our soft and harmless bodies, inspired by a game she played as a child. The video is accompanied by an anonymous text from Medieval times as well as texts by Aristotle and Pliny the Elder from Antiquity. These texts point to the historical trajectory of the relationship between humans and nature. Since prehistoric times, this relationship was shaped through arrogant, self-absorbed, and cruel deeds of humankind, who ironically lack the tusks or claws in comparison with other animal species. With the help of the thorns, Deniz brings to surface the evilness that is specific to humankind from where it hides under the softness of their bodies.

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