Monday, June 22, 2009

Hello Gümüşhane

directed by: Stephanie Mold, Karo Szmit
Camera, Editing: Karo Szmit
L: 45 min
A 2009

„The major of Gümüşhane, a town in Eastern Anatolia, visited Lentos Museum of Modern Art in Linz and fell in love with the chairs. I know that because I was working as a museumsguard watching him. Instead of using those chairs as functional accessoires, he was inpsecting them as if they were part of the exhibiton. Then he told me that he was paying a visit to Linz as there is a Turkish community from Gümüşhane living here and that he would like to buy some of the chairs for his town. Unfortunately they were not for sale.
After he left I started to ask myself how Gümüşhane might look like.
So I decided to travel there by bus to Gümüşhane to bring him a chair as a present, tracing back the roots of a part of the Turkish population of Linz. During the trip I was wearing my museumsuniform which put me into the role of a performer. A museumsguard leaving the homogenic museumslandscape going on a more than 50 hours lasting roadtrip - with a chair.“
(Stephanie Mold)