Bedri's nicknames: "Kaymak" (Milk cream) in his tennis player years in the seventies. "Toni" in USA. "Max Tifo" in his book "Monkey's Right to Paint".
ART is: "... To clean your hands on your pants. To be a naughty boy. To scare the establishment. To be liked by the bourgeoisie 51 years later. To live every day as Saturday. To find a blue sun. To find a totally new color called "Teota". To create while you make love. To consider "being sworn to" as "pride" and to be attacked as "the proof of power". To think that you are the best while you feel insufficient. To dare. To push upon things. Not to become prisoner of one's self. To document passing moments. To impress beautiful women and intelligent people. To caress and to slap the critics. Forever search for an exit in a labyrinth without one. To make a huge painting over the ocean. To walk over the ocean and leave marks. Not to hide your weapons for tomorrow. To be ready for big victories and big defeats. Not to let them get used to you. To fool the devil. To destroy reached goals. To live a Love Story after 102 years. To set the standards. To create gossip. To be hard headed. to be insolent. To create history. To knead history. To be the compulsory friend of Dinosaurs. To wipe out the racists. Not to leave "bills" on your back. To be "odd". To use money as oxygen or toilet paper, according to the day. To watch thick ropes break from their thin ends. To get poisoned from paint. To overflow from inside the time to outside. To watch the genetic evolution of your thought process. To feed the stomach. To dress a painting the way you undress a girl. Even when talking about the moment, to know that what matters is only "actions in space". To decide not to go on vacation. To refuse reincarnation. To sign. To love one's signature.
Bedri Baykam, June 1987.
WHO IS BEDRI BAYKAM? (FROM HIS CAMELEON DIABOLICUS NEWSPAPER, CANNES 1994) In French, bitte...
GUERILLERO CULTUREL* MILITANT POLITIQUE* BARBOUILLEUR ET VENDEUR DE TOILE* SCENARISTE DE'ABSURDE ET DU SURREEL* PLAYBOY INCORRIGIBLE* ACTEUR DE CINEMA* PERE DE 14 CHATS ET DEUX CHIENS* ECRIVAIN POLITIQUE* ENFANT PRODIGE* JOUEUR ET ARBITRE INTERNATIONAL DE TENNIS* BUVEUR DE THE" HISTORIEN D'ART* COLLECTIONNEUR DE TOILES, DE DISQUES 33 TOURS ET D'ALBUMS PORNOS* LE PEINTRE LE PLUS IMPORTANT DE LA SECONDE MOITIE DU XX. SIECLE* MEMBRE A VIE DES LIGUES DE LUTTE CONTRE LE RACISME* FAN DE BILLARD AMERICAIN ET D'AL PACINO* AMOUREUX DE BERKELEY, CALIF* EX-AMANT D'HELENA ANLIOT* JOUEUR DE FOOTBALL DE SECONDE CLASSE, BUTEUR DE PREMIER ORDRE* GERANT DE BOITE DE NUIT* FAN DE FENERBAHCE (Phéner-Bachtché) FOOTBALL CLUB* CONFERENCIER POLITIQUE* ENNEMI ACHARNE DA TOUS LES PAPIERS LEGAUX* POP-STAR DE LA PRESSE* WARHOL TURC* RESIDENT DES PLAGES DESERTES* ARCHIVISTE* METTEUR EN SCENE* PHOTOGRAPHE DE NUS* EDITEUR DE JOURNAL* IM DE BIM* MEILLEUR* PEINTRE NEO-EXPRESSIONISTE (DE LOIN)*
Favorite Actors: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Sener Sen, Sharon Stone, Cameron Diaz, Juliette Lewis, Ugur Yucel, Bridget Fonda, Dominique Swain, Hande Ataizi, Scarlett Johansson
Favorite Directors: Atıf Yılmaz, Brain de Palma, Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone, Michalengelo Antonioni, Fellini, Mustafa Alt›oklar, Woody Allen
Favorite Models: Laetitia Casta, Gisele Bundchen, Çağla Kubat, Çağla Şikel, Berrak Tüzünataç,Sebnem Schaefer
Favorite Music Groups: Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Alan Parson's Project, Simon & Garfunkel, Police, Leonard Cohen, Madonna, Bulutsuzluk Ozlemi, Jean Michel Jarre, Dead Can Dance, Fikret Kizilok, Edip Akbayram, The Cranberries, Sinead O'Connor, Teoman..
Hobbies and Sports: "Carpet" football, pool (American ), tennis, Internet, movies, reading, filing (!!!)
Favorite hangouts: Cafe Strada (Berkeley) , The Cupping Room, Prince Street Bar (New York), Hayal Kahvesi, Bebek Kahvesi, Cafe Kaktus, Ortakoy Ozlem Çay Bahçesi, Demir Cafe, Touchdown, Cats and Dogs (Istanbul), Cafe de l'Industrie, La Palette, Deux Magots (Paris).