TTT 2021-Letters From Attica

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Begüm Erciyas: Letters From Attica

Location: Sawyer Point Park Entrance @ 705 E Pete Rose Way

You will meet at the entrance to Sawyer Point and check-in w/ the box office staff at the BRIDGE in the parking lot. The link below specifies the exact location.

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Hours: Wed - Sun, 2:00, 7:00pm 

Conditions:Rain or shine (please dress accordingly)

Duration: 70 minutes

Please arrive 10 minutes in advance to secure your place for the performance as parking costs $5 in the surrounding lots or is free on street.

Accessibility: If you or any of your guests require accessible accommodations, please contact Brittany Hargrave at  The CAC is committed to providing the highest level of service and experience to every guest.

In conditions of solitude – as for travelers or prisoners – people have often resorted to writing letters as a means of communication with their closest ones, revealing the very sensation of being in isolation. Sam Melville did so from the Attica Prison, where he was held on charges of sabotaging public property in protest of the Vietnam War, and where he would die during the Attica Prison riots of 1971. His and others' voices in similar conditions connect the sensations of loneliness and that of determination.


In her artistic work, Begüm Erciyas often uses sound and instruction to accompany the spectator in an experience that is deeply solitary yet collective. With Letters from Attica she imagines for the first time a project for the public space, guiding each spectator both in the space of a text and in the one of the city. Multiple voices involve the throat, chest, intention, experience, feelings and the pleasure of giving a personal form to sound waves. Each spectator is a living letter, to inscribe words in public space and generate unforeseen sentences. As a first encounter with the city, Letters from Attica is a search for means to let a voice travel from one to the many.


This presentation of Letters From Attica is generously supported by John and Jennifer Stein, and Goethe-Institut, Chicago.

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Sawyer Point Park 705 East Pete Rose Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202