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.