Baha Görkem Yalım is a visual artist working with video, sculpture, and performance. Their practice is often an interdisciplinary encounter between poetry, fiction and academic reflection. Despite touching upon a wide range of subjects, their work mostly engages poetically with allegory, which functions as an indirect critique on modernity and patriarchy.
During their residency, Yalim explored Herman Melville’s seminal novel Moby Dick. They interpreted the book to be a document of exaggerated, obsessive enthusiasm or preoccupation with one thing. In response to Melville, Yalim began writing an auto-fictional novella fused by the artist’s own memories and meticulous details from each chapter of Moby Dick. The novella is a tale of water where the water is seen as an esoteric container with transformative powers, a living archive and a future.
Yalim was intent on exploring the North Sea, Royal Dutch Shell and the International Criminal Court as disparate allegorical elements of a tale about the obsessive hunt for progress, as if it were a monstrous white whale. The exploration might turn into new works, each with its own white whales.