Public talk and drinks with Cihad Caner, 6 July 2017

Public talk with resident artist Cihad Caner
Thursday 6 July, 7.30pm at Blitz, followed by drinks at the Blitz bar

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.

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

Root 5, Cihad Caner.

Root 5, Cihad Caner.