TRINO VERKADE

CEO OF SARA­BANDE FOUN­DA­TION

Harper's Bazaar (UK) - - Bazaar - Pho­tographed at Sara­bande Foun­da­tion with Esna Su’s The Bur­den I (2017)

‘Esna Su was one of the first ap­pli­cants for a res­i­dency at Sara­bande Foun­da­tion and I bought The Bur­den I when she was work­ing with us. She was born in Turkey, close to one of the largest Syr­ian refugee camps, where there were thou­sands of fam­i­lies who had fled their homes with noth­ing. This piece rep­re­sents the empty sacks they car­ried with them. She spends weeks scor­ing the leather, knit­ting it to­gether, mould­ing it around a col­lec­tion of ob­jects and let­ting it dry. When she re­moves what’s in­side, you are left with sim­ply the empty shells: the ghosts of be­long­ings past. It’s a very emo­tive piece. The leather is tac­tile, warm and nat­u­ral and the or­ganic shape is soft, but the mean­ing is haunting and trag­i­cally mod­ern. It is all the more beau­ti­ful be­cause I know Esna. She is full of love and this is a very per­sonal story to her.’

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