Play it, Emin: Walking along the Russian Monument at Ayastefanos


This work is part of Eleni Kamma's project Oh, for some amusement!
Two channel HD video projection, 14min 19 sec, color, stereo sound, NL, 2014


Synopsis: Play it, Emin: Walking along the Russian Monument at Ayastefanosuses as a point of departure the actual historical event which signified the official start of national cinema in Turkey in 1914 and whose filmic documentation is lost. I commissioned Karagoz master Emin Senyer to animate the demolition act of the non-preserved film, based on the following existing information-material; three photos documenting the demolition and a description of the event by two different sources; the lieutenant-demolisher’s personal memoirs and newspapers’ announcements.On the left screen, the camera moves along the actual location (Florya, Istanbul suburb) where the destruction of the monument took place 100 years ago. On the right screen, the process of the building up and the rehearsal of Emin Senyer’s shadow theater reconstruction of the demolition act takes place.


Concept: Eleni Kamma
Master Craftsman & Shadow Puppeteer: Emin Şenyer
Camera operator: Boris Van Hoof
Editing: Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Sound Design: Laszlo Umbreit
Script Montage and Editing: Tina Van Baren
Turkish to English Translation: Merve Unsal
Research Assistant: Gulsen D. Akbas


Texts/Excerpts from:
Istanbul Encyclopaedia, Ayastefanos Rus Abidesi, Reşid Halid Gönç
Istanbul Encyclopaedia, Rakım Çalapala.
Tarih Dünyasi,article by retired lieutenant colonel Y. Bahri Doğançay
Tanin Newspaper, Sunday, November 15, 1914
Tasfiri Efkar Newspaper, November 20th, 1914,
Sabah newspaper, Monday, December 3rd, 2012