Cihad Caner, Rotterdam & Istanbul, 2017
Residency dates: 5 – 30 July 2017
Cihad Caner is the recipient of the inaugural Portfolio Review Blitz Residency Award, a new collaboration between Blitz and Portfolio Review, which takes place at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf as part of Düsseldorf Photo Weekend. Through its residency programme, Blitz is offering a one month residency as part of the award programme for Portfolio Review in 2017 and 2018.
Cihad Caner (b. 1990) is an artist living and working in Rotterdam and Istanbul, who works primarily with photography, video, CGI and sculpture. Recent work focuses on the subjects of image culture; on ways the “other” is portrayed and the utilisation of objects in daily life, and different circumstances, such as war, resistance and immigration. Recently he has exhibited at V2_Unstable Media, Hong Kong Arts Center, AMNUA Museum, National Gallery of Iceland, Mother Gallery London, Bohai Galerie and EYE Film Museum. In 2016 Caner graduated with a Masters in Media Design and Communication, from Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.
About the Malta project
The world is witnessing some of the largest refugee flows since the Second World War. Meanwhile, water crises are highlighted as one of the most pressing global challenges. In this context, migration and refugee flows are increasingly explained in terms of water scarcity perpetuated by climate change.
During his residency, Caner will investigate the current mass migration by focusing on the role of water. For example, the drought of 2007-2010 in Syria as one of the main causes of the ongoing uprising and subsequent civil war, and the Mediterranean sea becoming a subsequent mode of passage for the people who had to flee. The project will reveal the ecological as well as political aspects of water.
Some statistics from an article published in the Independent*:
161 – the number of countries in which environmental disasters, most of them due to weather-related events, have caused mass displacement of people since 2008
27 million – the average number of people displaced by environmental disasters each year between 2008 and 2013
350,000 – migrants sought entry into the EU in 2014 but this could rise to 200 million when the full impact of climate change is felt
On being selected for the residency
“I believe that the residency will provide an exceptional opportunity and environment to develop my research and finish it within the form of exhibition. As an island in-between all these incidents related to my subject, Malta becomes a crucial component of my research, and therefore Blitz is a great place for me to make this project happen.”