The character Monsieur Vermin from the film 'North West', 2017
The character Fugi from the film 'North West', 2017
Born Skive (DK), 1981
Deniz Eroglu’s work explores the processes of migration and identity formation.
Derived from autobiographical circumstances, the 16 mm film 'Mountain Elegy' conjoins memories of displacement, visibility and invisibility as the son of a Turkish immigrant. The film depicts the journey to a mountain where Eroglu’s father now lives, but is also a summoning incantation of other more abstract but nonetheless very present spirits that inhabit that place.
In the adjacent space we are presented with an installation that appears to show an animator’s workspace. On display are artifacts and fragments from the animated film 'North West': a feature-length film about the refugee baby Fugi who embarks on a journey towards the European continent. Fragments of the film invite the audience not only to imagine the overarching narrative of the film, but more, to contemplate the nature of the artist’s intentions and all that which is not immediately apparent.
In all of the works, personal biographies of the characters coincide with their scripted narratives, for instance the brother as brother but also as a derelict caveman in 'Mountain Elegy'. Or, to use another example, the rat as rat but also as an embodiment of the archetypal streetwise immigrant. As such Eroglu’s works navigate the domestic and the civic, the personal and the political, the individual and the social, and their messy, leaky and permeable boundaries.