State of Things

During the formation of the Turkish and Greek nation-states in the early 20th century, the Greeks of the Black Sea -known as Pontic Greeks- were ethnically cleansed and forcibly uprooted along with millions of other Christians of the former Ottoman Empire. Almost a hundred years after this event, I travel to the historical area of Pontus, in the southern coast of the Black Sea in an attempt to reconstruct my lost family archive. The work looks into the power relations between knowledge, experience and truth that produce an archive and its role in forming identities and national history.