Yanki Akoglu

The Artist Statement

Artist Statement:

Questioning life and thinking about the choices that we made while we are living it, is one of the admired topics within people. This way of thinking mainly caused people to recall death. Because it is mostly believed that death is the end of our lives on earth, the lives that we all lived and expanded with the decisions, choices that we confronted. To elaborate on the idea of life, choices and death it is appropriate for me to use some quotes that I connect my ideas to.

“No one else can ever make your choices for you. Your choices are yours alone.”


Whatever the results are, we are the protagonists in our lives. We are the ones who make the choices. The decisions we make, are ours alone and the consequences of these choices lead us to brand new decisions which. So the choices and the consequences, both are the steps in our lives that lead us to the other parting ways. 

In this project of mine ‘The Tomb of Choices’ I wanted to create an atmosphere where people would have a chance of identifying the decisions in life. The videos are edited and shot considering the emotions of people. They are about humans and their experiences through out a life period. 

“There may be a thousand little choices in a day. All of them count.”

The videos are related to the choices. These choices are not appearing in the videos. The purpose of the videos is to be able to make people feel that there are variable sets of decisions and paths exist in life.

“You cannot manage your life if you do not manage your self. You cannot manage your self if you do not manage your choices. Manage your choices, and you will manage your life.”

In this work human heart pulse is the determiner of the video sequences. I believe that we make choices by considering the logic and our feelings. We know that emotions are linked to our heart, the source of our feelings. That’s why this project is controlled by human pulse rate.


The idea of tomb represents the inevitable ending of our lives. All of us know that in the end we will be remembering a life full of choices this is the idea behind the atmosphere of my project. It is the moment of the project aim to remind people the end of this life and all the made decisions.

The Coffin Project

In October 2012 I visited Guggenheim Museum and saw the exhibition that belongs to Rineke Dijkstra. The work was The Krazyhouse (Megan, Simon, Nicky, Philip, Dee), Liverpool, UK (2009), Dijkstra filmed teenage habitués of local clubs dancing to their favorite music. Presented as multi-channel video installations, these works showcase their subjects’ teen personas and methods of self-expression, revealed in how they style themselves, and in the movements of their bodies. Two video works made in 2009 at Tate Liverpool expand the artist’s interest in the empathetic exchange between photographer and subject to include the affective response.

This exhibition inspired me to think about voyeurism. Because people in the videos were alone in a white room and dancing till get very tired. I witnessed their process of getting involved with the dance moves, their concerns on camera and being alone.

So i came up with an idea of creating an atmosphere that would give us a chance of observing people. I also had another idea so i wanted to combine them to each other. My second concern was about life. I have been questioning life for a long time. I have been judging my decisions and choices that i have made till today. Whenever i think about these moments of deciding I ask my self how do I feel? Do I regret the consequences of the choices that i made?

Thats why i came up with an idea of creating a coffin that reflects my ideas on life, death, memories, bad moments of humanity and etc. with videos that are shot and edited by me. I elaborated my ideas on the project and added some other media elements inside. Such as sound recording, video recording, data collecting. (pulse rate, muscle tension)