I, Soldier
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I, Soldier

Ben Askerim

7 mins
6 / 10 (196)


Full of devotion, a high-ranking Turkish officer recites a poem about the merits of soldiers. On the National Holiday for Youth and Sports, he shouts out to a stadium full of people that a soldier can do just about anything, but one thing is impossible: “A soldier may not die.”

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Exhibited at Documenta 14, I, Soldier is a poetic documentary forging a dialogue between performance and patriotism. Köken Ergun’s critical rumination on the symbolism of flags, rituals, and militarism captures the complex dynamics of strikingly grandiose nation-wide celebrations.

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