Köken Ergun’s works on display
Video artist Koken Ergün’s works are on display at Salt. Ergun’s video works focus on rituals of distinct social groups and subcultures.
He has extensively researched and followed Turkish weddings in Germany, the Ashura commemorations of Caferis in Istanbul, beauty pageants organized by Philippine immigrant workers in Israel, and military ceremonies that take place on Turkey’s official holidays, to reveal through his work the formation of common identities and performative representations.
Ergun’s interests lie in the interactions and dynamics of social conclaves. Rather than having a documentarist attitude, Ergun’s curiosity helps him offer a wry and lighthearted analysis of rituals within religion, societal conventions and protocols of traditionally prepared entertainment.