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Spaces Once Hold Memories? Trelex Amazon Residency

Trelex Amazon Residency Reflections,
I could write two posts to describe the amazing space that Trelex Amazon and Rainforest Expeditions provided for us, one for Refugio and one for TRC (Tambopata Research Centre.) The lodges are incredible. Being in a jungle and far away from the world is an exhilarating experience. Having a whole month in the rainforest and in this environment allowed me to relax and absorb the space, the people, the jungle and myself. The art of exploration could not get any more comfortable and luxurious.Was I spoiled? Yes, very much so and I love the memory that stays with me.
I developed 2 major bodies of work during my residency in the Amazon at the Rainforest Expedition Lodges. One of them is a photography series and the other one is experimental electronic soundscapes.
Experimental Soundscapes: Ayse Balko, Amazon, Come To Tower With Me                                         Listen on:    Soundcloud
Photography Gallery Spaces Once Hold Memories:

Displacement - Memor…
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Eternity: A Journey

 At the end, when the sound mates with dance,  I give birth to a painting.
The Heart Painting:  Size 2x1meter

TO ME in 2013-14:

With a curiosity and a want to see my HOW MANY (3-4-5) dimensional thought patterns and intentions on a canvas as 2-dimensional paint marks had been haunting me when I was practicing my tai-chi in my studio on a cold February evening in 2012.

Tai-Chi Warrior 2x1 meter
I stepped over a piece of board, poured some paints on it and carried on doing my ta-chi session. Since then my feet have been in many paint splashes across the world.
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İt nails how the values disintergrated when they felt lost by loosing their mother tongue and their every day interactions.

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Here is ArtReach's invitation to powerful live performance art project:
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Studio Session 1: with Mina Salama and Joao Simoe

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Here are some links to my collaborators and to the event.
The Confluence Project AlgoRave with Yaxu CADS


"A Journey of UnBelonging" is a series of paintings, one short film with music composition created during 3 development sessions in different ware houses in Sheffield by refugee and immigrant artists in the purpose of expressing their own journeys of "UnBelonging". The expression of the conceptual inner journey of not-belonging is reflected on a large board in the form of painting through movements of the performance artist (Ayse) based on tai chi, acrobatics and dance. Ayse action paints with her feet by her dramatic movements directly influenced by Mina Salama's live improvised music. The piece is exploring and reflecting the dramatic change of the inner perception of refugee's journey towards finding sanctuary. But is there ever a sanctuary? The piece brings together three dimensions of artistic expression within the theme of cultural displacement - featuring Aysegul Balkose and Mina Mikhail Salama". The project is produced by Aysegul Balkose and comm…