Artist, Designer, Educator
Making of an Amulet

MAKING OF AN AMULET

video

Video, 05:07 mins

2018

created at Elsewhere Museum Residency, Greensboro, NC

Housed in an intimate loft space, the installation combines fabric evil eye amulets with a video on the production of the evil eyes permeated with paganistic performances. Interweaving scenes from her process that mimic unpaid domestic labor often associated with women and a female shaman performing overlapping customs from the east and south, the Making of an Amulet allegorizes chores and rituals while exploring gender identity and the spiritual embodiment of it. When presented in blue costumes in elaborate settings interspersed with folkloric actions like searching with a forked branch or blue water reading, the mundane tasks of washing, cutting, sewing become significant acts themselves, instead of unappreciated menial chores. While relating a stereotyped woman to a shaman in action, Ekinci also blesses parts of the museum she finds precious through these old traditions of interconnected cultural heritage.

Making of an Amulet

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