In the series „f/stop TALK,“ the curators of the f/stop Festival 2024 engage in conversations with artists. These monthly events mark the beginning of the 10th edition of the f/stop – Festival for Photography Leipzig, curated by Magdalena Stöger and Leon Hösl. The series kicked off in late November with Gabriele Stötzer, and now we continue with Aykan Safoğlu.
„Stuttgart, Istanbul, Berlin, Heidelberg; Autumn 2018“
In a lecture, Aykan Safoğlu recaps the creation of his essay film „ziyaret, visit“ (2019) through sound recordings and archival materials. The artist, based in Berlin and Vienna, provides insights into thought processes and encounters from 2018, the production period of the film, which significantly influenced his artistic approach. „ziyaret, visit“ is a portrait of the Old St. Matthäus Cemetery in Berlin and the individuals connected to this memorial site, whose stories transcend temporal and spatial boundaries and can be read as a collective metaphor for Germany. As the second part of a trilogy, the film explores the relationship between photography, community, and memory.
Aykan Safoğlu earned his MFA in Photography from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in NY/USA. Between 2014 and 2018, he held residencies at institutions such as Akademie Schloss Solitude, Ashkal Alwan, and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten. In 2013, he was awarded the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen at the 59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Aykan Safoğlu received the Birgit Jürgenssen Prize in 2021 and is currently a PhD candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.