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Poetry by Yeşim Ağaoğlu

“What’s good about war” (2003)
Director: Yeşim Ağaoğlu
Cast: Bedia Güven
Music/ Sound track: Danny Wright/ Peace

It is a one-minute short film that I shot with a video camera based on my own poem "What is good about war”. This film, in which there is no dialogue and only poetry is used as a text (in English and Turkish) and has music in the background, I guess as the name suggests, it is a short anti-war film that questions all kinds of war and contains sadness.

Brief background of Yeşim Ağaoğlu

Born in Istanbul. Studied University of Istanbul, Department of Archaeology and Art History. Got Master of Arts degree at the University of Istanbul, Faculty of Communications, Department of Radio-TV-Cinema. Attended a part time film lessons using super 8 camera at the New York School of Visual Arts.

Poems have been published in literary journals since the age of 18. Has seven poetry books published in Turkey and two poetry books published in Azerbaijan and in 2016 and 2017 two poetry books has published in New York, USA. Andalso has four poetry E-books in different languages. Poems translated into many different languages such as English, German, Spanish, Russian, etc. Biographies are in some literature and art encyclopaedias and poems in anthologies. Some of her essays are in collective books. Participated in numerous national and international literature and poetry festivals.

Has been continuing contemporary art activities combining different disciplines such as language (poetry etc.) photography, video and installations since 1996. Did many solo exhibitions and participated many group exhibitions, biennales, art fairs, etc. in such countries like, Germany, Norway, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Korea, Russia, etc.