The Whisper of a Dishwasher
14'55" | 16:9 | 2020 | HD
Original Language : German 德文 | Subtitle : English 英文
Location : Weimar, Germany
In this work, Kavachi chronicles his own workday as a dishwasher at a hotel in Weimar from morning until the end of the day. Focusing on the rhythms in the workflow through sounds and actions, he addresses the often precarious working situations that many people with a migrant background find themselves due to the language barrier in the new country. More often than not, social mobility is not a given. He questions the idea of social advancement through migration, especially the legend of going from rags to riches, of starting as a dishwasher to becoming a billionaire one day.

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Kavachi’s practice ranges from temporary installation to performance, video, drawing, painting, textile and object. He thinks of himself as a coffee filter: what comes to his life should go through this filter back to the world. This feeling motivates him to work on his projects.

Kavachi (1989-Sarayköy) graduated from the Department of Fine Arts Education at Muğla University/Turkey (2010), and received his MFA degree (2014) from Painting Department in Faculty of Fine Arts at Hacettepe University in Ankara, and a second MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at Bauhaus University Weimar (2018). He has been featured in a solo exhibition, “Mommy when will I get married?” (2017) at Third Space, Helsinki, and in various group shows in Copenhagen, Vienna, Thessaloniki, Weimar, Dresden, Berlin and Istanbul in 2019. He describes himself as living and working in space. On 2 September 2018, he changed his name from Ahmet Kavas to Kavachi, which is how he wishes his name to be recorded from then on.