Turkey / Germany
Köken Ergun is an artist from Turkey with a background in performing arts. His films often deal with communities that are not known to a greater public and the importance of ritual in such groups. Ergun usually spends extended lengths of time with his subjects before starting to shoot and engages in long research periods for his projects. He also collaborates with ethnographers, historians and sociologists as extensions to his artistic practice. Apart from his art practice, Ergun is also the co-founder of After the Archive?, an Istanbul–based initiative that questions the role and function of archives in public memory, and KIRIK, a space for people and subjects in the cracks.