FEATURE FILMS

KOPUŞLAR  /  RUPTURES

66 mins. Premiere London International Film Festival 2019, 

Friday 04 October 2019 20:40, BFI Southbank, NFT3 and Friday 11 October 2019 15:50 BFI Southbank, Studio


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Selected Video Works

The Scar

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A feminist road movie inspired by a real car  crash in Turkey  with names, scenes and locations having been fictionalised through the  use of Magical Realism

The Unreliable Narrator

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In Mumbai, terrorists play into the hands of Bollywood filmmakers rushing to register epic film titles. As narrators continue to hijack rhetoric of cultural and political discourse to rupture, an absurd ventriloquist act is exposed.

Everything for Everyone ...

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In Everything for Everyone and Nothing for Us,  the main character uses a TV studio as a site for training the body.


Deep State

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A story about the representation of political struggle, moments of crisis, solidarity, schisms and oppression. Archive footage slices through a science fiction inflected narrative which is propelled by the relationships between those drawn together in the struggle. 

Hold Your Ground

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Premiered and conceived  for a  site at Canary Wharf, this work calls forth the struggle to turn ‘fugitive sounds’ into speech, addressing an audience predominantly in transit.

Speech Act 1

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An utterance considered as an action, particularly with regard to its intention, purpose, or effect. Performed by Khalid Abdallah


Speech Act 2

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An utterance considered as an action, particularly with regard to its intention, purpose, or effect. An interpretation of the exhibition Act of State curated by Ariella Azoulay.

Speech Act 3

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An utterance considered as an action, particularly with regard to its intention, purpose, or effect. Performed by artist Nabil Ahmed speaking on labour issues and the language movement from Bangladesh

The Exception and the Rule

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The film, shot in Pakistan, India and the UK employs a variety of strategies in negotiating frameworks of partition and colonialistion through a cumulative assembly of voice, image, citation, actor, participant and situation

The Space Between

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The film image is constantly fluctuating between object-representation and surface abstraction. Repetition does not bring clarity nor is it meant to. No attempt is made to deny either the subjectivity of film or its representational mode; rather the viewer works through and against the film with the filmmakers; so to speak.

Where a straight line ...

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Where a straight line meets a cruve : A durational sculpture shot entirely in one room. Concerned with the objective reduction of space, a film 'about' the recording and representation of space and the politics of the viewing space of film itself. 

Non Places

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This film is concerned with those 'non places' that have become unalterably connected to an individual’s personal memory, a personal memory that when shared, will change the collective perception of that 'non place'. 

THE scar

The Scar is a multichannel work  inspired by a real car crash in Turkey  fictionalised through the  use of Magical Realism. The Chief of Police, a Politician and a right-wing  Hitman are on a journey with Yenge, a woman who increasingly takes control of the films direction and narrative.  The film’s final chapter, The Gossip, addresses tales of female  emancipation and empowerment. 


The Scar  launched at HOME and The Delfina Foundation.


The unreliable narrator

In Mumbai, terrorists play into the hands of Bollywood filmmakers rushing to register epic film titles. As narrators continue to hijack rhetoric of cultural and political discourse to rupture, an absurd ventriloquist act is exposed.


Winner of the Artist Film International Award at the Whitechapel Gallery. 

Premiered at the Whitechapel Gallery and the ArtesMundi 6 Awards


2015. 17 min

Everything for Everyone and Nothing for Us

This prequel to Hold Your Ground has its main character using a TV studio as a site for training the body. She starts with audio extracts that take the frequency of a political speech by Margaret Thatcher. Our heroine listens and then uses movement to exorcise this voice whilst employing the camera to analyse her body for areas of self disciplining and censorship.


As part of the exhibition MIRRORCITY at the Hayward Gallery October 2014

2014. 08.50 min

deep state

Deep State (scripted by  China Mieville and commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella) is about the representation of political struggle, crisis, solidarity, schisms and oppression. Being in Cairo prior to the occupation of Tahrir Square guided the artist's interest in making a film about how to shift political language. As the figure of the language teacher tells us, this pedagogy is both a physical and verbal move into new, unimagined possibilities.


Nominated for the Jarman Award 

2012. 47 min

hold your ground

Triggered by a pamphlet of instructions for pro-democracy demonstrators,  called How to Protest Intelligently, the piece dissects the semantics of  the crowd, and the resulting performative speech act. Conceived for the  site at Canary Wharf, this work calls forth the struggle to turn  fugitive sounds into speech, addressing an audience predominantly in  transit. 


Hold Your Ground is commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella.
Nominated for the Jarman Award 2012

Speech act 1

An utterance considered as an action, particularly with regard to its intention, purpose, or effect. Performed by Khalid Abdallah.


Exhibited at Walker Arts Centre 2014 as part of the New Deal Exhibition of the Museum of non Participation 

Speech act 2

An utterance considered as an action, particularly with regard to its intention, purpose, or effect. An interpretation of the exhibition Act of State curated by Ariella Azoulay.


Exhibited at Walker Arts Centre 2014 as part of the New Deal Exhibition of the Museum of non Participation 

Speech act 3

An utterance considered as an action, particularly with regard to its intention, purpose, or effect. Performed by artist Nabil Ahmed speaking on labour issues and the language movement from Bangladesh


Exhibited at Walker Arts Centre 2014 as part of the New Deal Exhibition of the Museum of non Participation 

The exception and the rule

The film, shot in Pakistan, India and the UK employs a variety of strategies in negotiating frameworks of partition and colonialistion through a cumulative assembly of voice, image, citation, actor, participant and situation


Premiered at London Film Festival, Winner of Chicago Experimenal Film Award. 39 mins 2008

The SPACE BETWEEN

The film image is constantly fluctuating between object-representation and surface abstraction. Repetition does not bring clarity nor is it meant to. No attempt is made to deny either the subjectivity of film or its representational mode; rather the viewer works through and against the film with the filmmakers; so to speak.


16mm, colour, 12mins. 

Premiered at London Film Festival

where a straight line meets a curve (extract)

A durational sculpture shot entirely in one room. Concerned with the objective reduction of space, a film 'about' the recording and representation of space and the politics of the viewing space of film itself. Projected onto two adjacent screens, the visual material is constructed so that light and colour form relationships across screens continuously, redefining the viewer's perception of the space presented through the images. 


30 mins 16mm [2 channel] Extract starts 14mins into film

NON places (extract)

This film is concerned with those 'non places' that have become unalterably connected to an individual’s personal memory, a personal memory that when shared, will change the collective perception of that 'non place'. Put another way, this film is concerned with those 'non places' that trigger a memory causing the past, present and future to collide into a collapsed sense of time and space.


Full duration 15 minutes 16mm 

[Extract start 11mins into film]