Since 2003, photographer and video artist Banu Aksu and painter Mahmut Celayir, now mainly based in Stuttgart, have put together works relating to the landscape and to the people of East Anatolia. Their project is called "Road of the King", and part of it will be shown on occasion of the SIMDI - STUTTGART festival (November 22 - 29, 2005).
Mahmut Celayir's chiaroscuro landscape paintings are almost photorealistic, a large canvas (140x180 cm) will be presented opposite a series of smaller works. In a video jointly produced by both artists he is seen as a figure in the midst of this archaic landscape.
Banu Aksu will show photos from a slum area in Istanbul, and videos on the lives of Kurdish shepherd children. Past and present of an age-old cultural landscape come alive.