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Hüzün is a tranny name              

with Gani_meth
2020
video
duration is 14min56sec
resolution is 1080p

single-channel video


Hüzün is a Turkish word originating from Arabic. It barely describes a collective form of melancholia. Many novelists and translators claim it to be untranslatable. Turkish literary figures differentiate hüzün from melancholia with the emotion’s collective characteristics.

Hüzün is a tranny name is shot in collaboration with a Turkish trans-activist, sex-worker, artist and writer Gani_meth. The video tackles the mourning and melancholia in the queer community of Turkey while aiming to subvert the meaning of hüzün in a direction that reflects on the violence that the marginalized face every day.

The video is shot in parallel to an archival work around hüzün run in collaboration with Koc University’s Kuar Lab and curator Inez Piso.


with special thanks to Ozan Ünlükoç and dramaqueer.