Tactical mapping of Istanbul in 2007

The public coasts, parks and districts which used to be accessible by all people living in Istanbul are privatized. Small artisans are expelled from their shops and luxurious hotels and superstores are opened up. The cultural heritage that belongs to everyone is turned into hotels that cater only to only rich tourists. State facilities and buildings are handed over as national and trans-national capital. The quarters where the poor populations live are turned into expensive areas full of rich people. The human and cultural values that define the city are replaced by its vulgar copies. All these are done without consulting the people of Istanbul, sometimes deliberately concealing the truth. Istanbulmap is an attempt by Istanbulites and Istanbul-lovers to exhibit, circulate and share our awareness of this process, our determination and power to struggle and intervene in this process in artistic ways. Istanbulmap is just one of the ways to defend the city in the name of its citizens, alligning itself with those who think in the same way.

Istanbul map cara A / Istanbul map cara B

The project ISTANBULMAP in 2007 produced a map of central Istanbul showing many of the points of violant urban transformations against the heritage and the inhabitants. “The typical city map that a tourist would buy shows the coast between Üsküdar-Harem, the Historical Peninsula and Taksim area. This area, which is only a small portion of the city, has experienced rapid urban transformation in the recent years. The media uses quite beautiful language to describe these changes : “more beautiful hotels”, more protection of historical values”, “less public security problems” “more organized and elegant city”. When we investigate this ongoing transformation process, however, we realize that a different scenario is on the agenda. In the name of “urban transformation”, poor families and immigrants are pushed to the outer parts of the city.

The public coasts, parks and districts which used to be accessible by all people living in Istanbul are privatized. Small artisans are expelled from their shops and luxurious hotels and superstores are opened up. The cultural heritage that belongs to everyone is turned into hotels that cater only to only rich tourists. State facilities and buildings are handed over as national and trans-national capital. The quarters where the poor populations live are turned into expensive areas full of rich people. The human and cultural values that define the city are replaced by its vulgar copies. All these are done without consulting the people of Istanbul, sometimes deliberately concealing the truth. Istanbulmap is an attempt by Istanbulites and Istanbul-lovers to exhibit, circulate and share our awareness of this process, our determination and power to struggle and intervene in this process in artistic ways. Istanbulmap is just one of the ways to defend the city in the name of its citizens, alligning itself with those who think in the same way.

Istanbul map cara A / Istanbul map cara B

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