50 nineteen-year old soldiers were enroute to a military base in Bingol after having completed their basic military training in Malatya. They had been given neither armor nor armed guards. Around 18:00, their buses were stopped by the members of PKK, the Kurdish separatist terrorist organization. All of the passengers were taken to a nearby village to wait for nightfall.

[...regardless of where they are born and raised, all soldiers bleed red when they are shot...]
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Thirty Three: Capture
Hand-made Thai banana paper on paper
22 x 30 in
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CRANES...Carriers of news from home to distant lands and from distant lands to home...Messengers of wisdom from the heavens down to earth and of the departing souls from earth up to the heavens...Symbols of luck, longevity, and fidelity...Nomads of nature following the ebb and flow of life as they travel from the North to the South and from the South to the North every year...Creatures of grace with their elongated necks and thin legs, and of strength with their untiring wings...Beings of sincerity with a patch of bare skin on the crown of their heads announcing their disposition to their surroundings...

I AM A STORY TELLER...I am a teller of stories...I tell stories...I record memoirs...These are my personal memoirs, the memoirs of my homeland that spans across two continents over ancient Thrace and Anatolia, and the memoirs of the humankind...

In "Crane Memoirs," Elif Akcali uses origami cranes to tell stories in three parts, forming a set of triptychs. In "Tombstones (of Ego)," Elif Akcali uses origami cranes to build sculptural pieces, mimicking form of the conical hats worn by whirling dervishes, inspired by some of the fundamental teachings of Sufism. Each work in these collections is made using cranes that are made with 4x4 inch squares of hand-made Thai banana paper.

An origami crane, the most ubiquitous Japanese origami fold, can be completed in 24 steps. Elif Akcali deliberately stops the folding process at a certain stage to mimic a physical state of a crane to convey an emotion, a state, or an act in each of the stories. In fact, none of the origami cranes that are in this collection have gone through the full 24-step folding process.