Burali 1970-2011
  • Burali 1970-2011

     “From Here 1970-2011"

    Dilberler, Ankara Pazar, Maçka Pazar”

    3 light boxes 75 x 80 cm.

    2000/2011

     

    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 used a type of unconscious denial.  Rather than referring to existing shops or buildings as reference points, they used the names of demolished or renovated sites.  Residents of the same age group who share a common set of memories, named non-existent landmarks when giving directions or describing the place of an event. For example, they said, turn right at Ankara Pazar (the 1970 name of a store on the corner of Nižantaž) 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 referred 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 2011, the layering and shifting of owners of shops continues at the same rapid space, but now the past has been forgotten and Nižantaž 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.  Nižantaž itself is no longer from here, it is no longer a community, but an elite area of Istanbul like those found in any other cosmopolitan city.