Servet Koçyiğit

Servet was born in 1971 in Kaman, Turkey. Lives and works in Amsterdam and Istanbul.

This textile map is entirely based on “Odyssey”, the second oldest book known to us written
by Homer around 8th century BC. This epic poem tells the story of Odysseus king of the isle of
Ithaca who was away from his kingdom for twenty years. The first ten were spent fighting in the
Trojan War, and the next ten were spent in continual wanderings en route home from the war. At
long last, His wife Penelope and Odysseus are reunited.

The book talks about the adventures of a king, and at the same time it describes us a geography.
It is a mostly fictive geography, which has an end, an outer circle unknown to man.

We can say this work is a visual translation of the book “Odyssey” to a map. It is not an accurate
map. It marks significant places mentioned in the book. It shows the route the king took for going
back home with a broken line. It also uses some quotes, sentences, and words directly taken
from the book.