Surface and Textures of Tarlabaşı Istanbul with anthropologist Alize Arıcan
The following documents an ongoing collaboration with anthropologist Alize Arıcan and her studies of urban transformation with communities anticipating, negotiating, and re-articulating the meanings and outcomes of this process in the Tarlabaşı neighborhood of Istanbul.
In June 2017, I joined Alize and her research team as part of the Humanities Without Walls project entitled "Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene." There, I introduced a community led art project with the residents to discuss and share more about the memorable places of their neighborhood through drawing interventions such as charcoal and pastel rubbings. We recorded objects and surfaces such as, chairs, doors, walls, streets, curbs, and metal grids.