From Here
  • From Here

    6 digital prints
    2000-2009

    In 2000, my observations were that over the past twenty years change has taken place at such a rapid speed in Istanbul that everyone has become a foreigner, even those born here. Unable to process the shifting visual details of their surroundings, Istanbul dwellers use a type of unconscious denial. Rather than referring to existing shops or buildings as reference points, they use the names of demolished or renovated sites. Residents of the same age group who share a common set of memories, name non-existent landmarks when giving directions or describing the place of an event. For example, they say turn right at Ankara Pazarı (the 1970 name of a store on the corner of Nişantşı) instead of Seven-Eleven or Wendy’s or Uniscent or Stephanel, a few of the shops that have inhabited the spot more recently. Perhaps in a subconscious attempt to use Turkish instead of the name of international chains or hybrid English/Turkish status symbol names, they refer to Konak Cinema that disappeared long ago or the local elementary school that became a parking lot or the hospital that turned into a big grocery store. In 2009, the layering and shifting of owners of shops continues at the same rapid space, but now the past has been forgotten and Nişantaşı has taken on a totally new persona. In 2000, no one seemed to be from here. Now, the intense cosmopolitan atmosphere of the district has made this seem unimportant. Nişantaşı is no longer a community, but an elite area of Istanbul like those found in any other cosmopolitan city.

    Now, I plan to re-do this project by continuing to superimpose more photographs taken from the same street corner since 2000. I remember the layers. I remember the transitions. What was a phantom in 2000, is more like a remembered historical monument in 2009.