Aesthetics of Displacement

Aesthetics of Displacement: Turkey and its Minorities on Screen

by Özlem Köksal

Özlem Köksal is Visiting Lecturer in Photography and Film at the University of Westminster, UK. Her research focuses on memory and its representation in visual culture. She has published both in English and in Turkish on the subject and is the editor of World Film Locations: Istanbul. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2016
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  • ISBN:
    9781501306464 (hardback)

    9781501306495 (epub)

    9781501306488 (epdf)

    9781501306471 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
Aesthetics of Displacement
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Displacement does not only have an effect on groups’ and individuals’ ways of relating to their identity and their past but the knowledge and experience of it also has an impact on its representation. Looking at films that represent the experience of displacement in relation to Turkey’s minorities, Aesthetics of Displacement argues that there is a particular aesthetic continuity among the otherwise unrelated films. Ozlem Koksal focuses on films that bring taboo issues concerning the repression of minorities into visibility, arguing that the changing political and social conditions determine not only the types of stories told but also the ways in which these stories are told.

Focusing on aesthetic and narrative continuities, the films discussed include Ararat, Waiting for the Clouds and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia among others. Each film is examined in light of major historical event(s) and their context (political and social) as well as the impact these events had on the construction of both minority and Turkish identity.