L'anthologie of Global Inestabilidad Transpuesta - The Stability of Instability - Turkey and Syria (Part 20)
Transposing emblem by S.A.Dastan
I sat next to a man my age. The service order print in his hand was partly visible: 4 and 3 were the first two digits, the last digit was under his finger. It had to be 430 or 431. I checked my telephone to do some surfing online during this time. Oh, my God! The battery is dying and I can’t let it drain completely. I wrote the Western Union tracking number on a piece of paper and put my phone back into my coat pocket. Suddenly, I hear the voice of the man sitting next to me:
|Istanbul, Turkey - Cafe near Kadikoy district by BalkansCat|
"No," I said, "I am working freelance."
"Good! Same as me. But, do you believe you can have a stable life with a job like that, considering you have to wait an hour for a small payment?"
"Stability may not play any role with the money I earn," I replied.
"It is not the amount of money you earn, it is the job you are doing which you have no other option to do. You can’t earn money in Turkey, can’t live without fear of government intervention, can’t walk on the streets freely as you would do anywhere else in the world!"
"Anywhere?" I said with an open mouth, "Can’t you see Syrians in Turkey who barely survived from a civil war and immigrated here. 3 million alone in Turkey and millions in other countries."
"Could you let me relate some of my personal experiences here?" he asked. "Sure," I replied, realizing that this may be Forrest Gump on the Bank bench with a beautiful story to follow.
|Istanbul, Turkey - Woman rolls Borek pastry by vvoevale|
Istanbul, Turkey - Turkish young women by BalkansCat
|Istanbul, Turkey - The Grand Bazaar by Marina Pissarova|
"Depending on the level of the country’s istikrarsızlık. At some point, politics becomes a part of ordinary people’s lives. My father remembers my grandfather’s joy after the military coup very well. My father, a mail carrier, also lived on the borders of stability.” I imagined his father was this guy as well. This time the imagery is colored. He was wearing a post office uniform and cycling through the streets. “He was not political. But if society is polarized, there is nowhere to escape. You are either with them or on the other side. If you are apolitical, then you are the enemy of both. In the morning of September 1980, when he left his home, he saw a slogan painted on the wall of the house."
"What was the slogan?" I asked.
|Izmir Province, Turkey - Preparing Gozleme, a Turkish meal, in a village restaurant by radiokafka|
"A military coup and a curfew! The coup probably saved my father’s life as well as the wall of the house. While Turkey remained unstable, my father manage to protect his small personal bit of stability just as my grandfather had two decades before."
"The stability of instability..."
"Or living in Turkey... The thing is you should somehow protect your own stability if istikrarsızlık is the default mode. So far I have not been as lucky as my father and grandfather. The recent failed coup in July ruined my life even if I had no single involvement in the event. I was guilty of not being on the government’s side. And I lost my job and had to move somewhere cheap and safe to live."
"Is that why you are now working as a freelancer for foreign companies?"
|Istanbul, Turkey - Doner Kebab by lira joggi|
"My friend, you should not be sad about it. Do you know why the Brothers Karamazov is 997 pages? Because Dostoevsky was a bad gambler and he had to write as much as possible to pay his gambling debts. He was sending the chapters to the publisher part by part. Every word counted. This is why we are now able to read a magnificent novel."
"You are optimistic my friend. My case could be relevant to Dostoevsky in terms his punishment on the charge of plotting a coup. He was sentenced to death which was converted to imprisonment after the Tsar’s clemency. I am now planning to escape from a similar fate."
"Are you worried about being criminally charged on political grounds?"
"Yes, my friend."
"So, how do you plan to evade this?"
"Yes, I promise."
"I will escape to Syria."
"Syria? My friend, I said, millions of Syrians are now in Turkey. They barely survived the war there."
"Yes, but they are more credible than I am in Turkey. Because they love the Turkish government, the Turkish government loves them. They are freer than I am. My plan is not to stay in Syria. I will obtain a Syrian passport, pretend to be a Syrian citizen and escape back to Turkey! I will have a new identity."
"This is crazy man, this is crazy!"
"Do you know why my grandfather was so obsessed with preventing istikrarsızlık? Because his father has escaped to Turkey during the World War I, leaving everything they had behind. From where? From Syria! I have to find the stability in the pendulum of instability between these two adjacent territories around the Eastern Mediterranean. I have a 4 month old baby now, this will be the first lesson I will teach him."
"You have an amazing story and amazing plan. Sounds like a story."
"No, my friend. How do I know that you are a freelancer?"
"See my bank service order number."
Oh, my God! It was 432. The same as mine. He was me. I can then be sure that the story and the plan are true. But I also have to stick to my promise not to tell the plan to others even if it was a promise to myself. While realizing the truth, my turn came in the bank. I saw the red 432 flashing on the screen. I went to the desk. The lady at the desk asked me the name of the sender. I didn’t note it on the paper. It should be on the phone. I checked the phone. But its battery was dead.
Photo 1: Istanbul, Turkey - Bosporus by genjok
Photo 2: Istanbul, Turkey - Cafe near Kadikoy district by BalkansCat
Photo 3: Istanbul, Turkey - Woman rolls Borek pastry by vvoevale
Photo 4: Istanbul, Turkey - Turkish young women by BalkansCat
Photo 5: Istanbul, Turkey - The Grand Bazaar by Marina Pissarova
Photo 6: Izmir Province, Turkey - Preparing Gozleme, a Turkish meal, in a village restaurant by radiokafka
Photo 7: Istanbul, Turkey - Doner Kebab by lira joggi
Photo 8: Izmir, Turkey - Old market by radiokafka
Parts of the Emblem of Instability
Delibasheva, Emilia. Political Instability: Electoral Coups in America and Bulgaria. December 2016.
Bichen, Svetlana Novoselova. Mental and Cultural Instability: Russia and Turkey. February 2017.
Caetano, Raphael. Instabilidade emocional: Brazil. February 2017.
Friedrich, Angelika. Introduction: The Emblem of Instability. September 2016.
Fondevik, Vigdis. Unstable Nature: Norway and Denmark. October 2016.
D'Adam, Anton. Psychosocial Instability in Argentina and America: El granero del mundo and The Manifest Destiny. January 2017.
Halimi, Sophie. Modern Instabilité: Youth and Employment in France and China. March 2017.
Hernandez, Jonay Quintero. Embracing Instability - Spain. February 2017.
Mankevich, Tatsiana. The Absence of Linguistic Stabilнасцi: Does the Belarusian Language Have a Future? December 2016.
Meschi, Isabelle. Linguistic Instabilité and Instabilità: France and Italy. November 2016.
Mitra, Ashutosh. The Instability of Change: India. January 2016.
Moussly, Sahar. The Instability of Tyranny: Syria and the Syrian Diaspora. December 2016.
Nastou, Eliza. Psychological Αστάθεια and Inestabilidad during the Economic Crisis: Greece and Spain. December 2016.
Partykowska, Natalia. Niestabilność and адсутнасць стабільнасці in the Arts: Polish and Belarusian Theater. January 2017.
Persio, P.L.F. Social Instabilità and Instabiliteit: Italy and the Netherlands. November 2016.
Romano, Mavi. Unstable Identities: Ecuador and Europe. October 2016.
Sousa, Antonia. Social and Economic Instabilidade: Portugal. January 2017.
Vuka. My Intimate Imbalanced Inclination. March 2017.
Walton, Éva. Historical and Psychological Bizonytalanság within Hungarian Culture. January 2017.
Zadrożna-Nowak, Amelia. Economic Instability: Poles at Home and the Polish Diaspora. November 2016.
To follow: texts by Belarusian, Russian, Spanish, Guatemalan, New Guinean writers and translators
Friedrich, Angelika. The Emblem of Instability. September 2016.
Whittlesey, Henry, et al. Transposing Emblem - Junk Culture - Müll Trashed Мусор (Part I). August 2016.
Whittlesey, Henry, et al. Transposing Emblem - Junk Culture - Müll Trashed Мусор (Part II). August 2016.
Whittlesey, Henry, et al. Transposing Emblem - Junk Culture - Müll Trashed Мусор (Part III). September 2016.
Whittlesey, Henry. Forward to Next Transposing Emblem. January 2016.
Whittlesey, Henry. Changes to Transposing Emblems. November 2015.
Whittlesey, Henry. Excerpt of new emblem transpoзиция on trash. September 2015.
|Emblem of Instability exhibited in postcards at 1080 Brew (Queens, NY)|