Artists reclaim deserted building in Tarlabaşı

Sunday is the day when many non-residents visit Tarlabaşı for the marvellous market that runs through the streets.  This Sunday there is an added incentive above great food though – a group of international and Turkish artists have been at work in one of the now deserted buildings.  What was once a family home from which the residents were evicted months ago to make way for the “renovation” programme, is now home to a series of exhibits under the title “Division Unfolded: Tarlabaşı Intervention“.

The work has been in place for a week or so now, but this Sunday, between 4pm and 6pm will see new installations and features unveiled for the first time and from what we have seen already, we can definitely recommend a visit – our artist friends have already given their approval!

To find it, look along Tarlabaşı Boulevard and you’ll see that the frontage of the gentrification project area is split in two; one half has huge boardings up showing the future Starbucks and patisserie world that beckons; the half of the project area is the emptied buildings – between them running down hill is Sakiz Ağaçi Sokak.  50m down is the first right turn, Eski Ҫeşme Sokak half way along which is the artists’ building.

The other way is to take the side street running between Istiklal Caddesi and  Demirören shopping centre and the mosque – and Sakiz Ağaçi Sokak is on the other side of the boulevard as you come downhill.

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One Response to Artists reclaim deserted building in Tarlabaşı

  1. Jinnah says:

    I am a resident of Tarlabaşı and had a look at that intervention. I really can not get the goal of this Division Unfolded: Tarlabaşı Intervention Event. 1. Some cheaply made Banksey stencils copies and some sentence like ” bu insanlar nerede ?” can not be called Art. 2. It doesnt help no one … all the locals know about the tragedy of the evicted people and families. Why remind them even more. 3. Its too late to set up a resistance. This area is lost. 4. Also encouraging non-locals to come to this area, i find irresponsible, because it is an abandoned outlaw area. Making photos of the people of tarlabasi can bring you in serious problems, if you are not familiar with the area. 5. Also I observe the tendency, that more and more hipster, neohippies and fancy looking foreigners, start renting flats in Tarlabasi. And this manly because of selfish reasons like: cheap rents, close to nightlife and because of ” slum romantic reason” . After the state lead gentrification, the classical “artist” gentrification has begun. With the ongoing Tarlabaşı Yenileniyor project, tensions will increase month by month and people will get more and more desperate. I want to outpoint that Tarlabasi will not get saver.

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