My favorite things

My favorite Things is an installation I devised for L.U.V. It is inspired by the feeling of missing beloved ones. At that point of my life I had several beloved people scattered around the globe. It incorporated Nazim Hikmet’s poem Angina Pectoris, as I found it was perfectly illustrating the feeling I had.

If half my heart is here, doctor,
the other half is in China
with the army flowing
toward the Yellow River.
And, every morning, doctor,
every morning at sunrise my heart
is shot in Greece.
And every night, doctor,
when the prisoners are
asleep and the infirmary is deserted,
my heart stops at a run-down
old house in Istanbul.
And then after ten years
All I have to offer my poor people
Is this apple in my hand, doctor,
One red apple – my heart.
And that, doctor, that’s the reason
For this angina pectoris –
Not nicotine, prison, or arteriosclerosis
I look at the night through the bars,
And despite the weight on my chest
My heart still beats with
the most distant stars.

Nazim Hikmet

Materials: acryl on map, fishing wire, fishing hooks, small objects, found umbrella, nails, apple, mp4 player, digital video, chains.