My Life in Curves Recently
Hand-drawn graphs by Sevinç Çalhanoğlu
In My Life in Curves Recently, poet-artist Sevinç Çalhanoğlu plots her daily rhythms and habits during coronavirus lockdown, in the spring of 2020, when she was largely confined to her apartment in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Guided by a ruler and drawing with black marker, she charts her day-to-day existence along diaristic axes, from runic spikes of Mood and Productivity to soaring Time Spent in Kitchen and steadily increasing Awareness.
The majority of the zine’s graphs focus on the period from late March to late May, when New Yorkers were under stay-at-home orders with the city’s boroughs in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The final graphs transition to two overlapping phases in late May to early June: On a personal level, Sevinç leaving her apartment with greater frequency, generating kinetic volition via bicycle. And then joining New York’s mass street protests in response to the May 25 murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. After months of enclosed distress, a communal, open-air outpouring of grief and fury, with righteous chants quietening only for candlelight vigils.
The graphs are: Paranoia, Social Media, Reading the News, Anxiety, Mood, Restlessness, Time Spent in Kitchen, Productivity, Awareness, Meticulousness, Walking, Silence, Cycling, Solidarity, Vigils
On the inside of the back flap, there is a poem, translated from the Turkish by Ayça Akarsu, extracted from Sevinç’s A Promenade at Home.
Edition of 300
16 pages, paperback, b&w offset, Singer-sewn binding
Printed on Arctic Munken Print Cream 115 and Pure Rough 300
Designed by Stefan Lorenzutti & Damian Nowak
Sevinç Çalhanoğlu is a poet, artist, and researcher whose work examines the imprint of memory on space, and the intersection of both with literature. In addition to poems and essays, she creates interdisciplinary literary works incorporating sound and photography. She is the author of two books of poetry in Turkish, Evde bir gezinti (periferik) (Nod, 2016; English edition, A Promenade at Home, forthcoming from Bored Wolves, August 2021) and Et/ve/Fal (Heterotopya, 2017). She also worked as a researcher for Kundura Hafıza, an archive and oral history project documenting the historic Beykoz Shoe Factory in Istanbul; and is an initiator of the Turkish poetry journal Moero. She is based in Brooklyn.
Photographs by Nicolas Blandin