Photography in Days of Pandemic
Yusuf Darıyerli, 1958 Untitled, 2016
40 x 60 cm
Digital photograph, archival pigment print

Our downstairs neighbor passed away last night. There won’t be a funeral because of the corona outbreak...

Ceremonies exist at every stage of life. Marriage as a ceremony that consecrates life in spite of death is perhaps the most meaningful of these ceremonies. In Bozburun, the ancient land of Caria, everyone joins the weddings; everyone eats keşkek, made from the meat of goats that grow in the wild; the zeybek dance is performed as is customary… The judas-colored drink consumed at the joyful weddings of antiquity have given way to rakı at these festive weddings; Dionysus is watching somewhere with pleasure…