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Film Screening and Artist Talk: ‘Rantİstanbul’ – ‘Surplus of Istanbul’ | THE PATH

24.September 2021 18:30 - 21:30

Film screening and artist talk: "Rantİstanbul" - "Surplus of Istanbul" by Ömer Şamlı, Devrim Çetinkayalı and Alper Şen

// Doors Open 18:30 // Event Start 19:00

Book your free ticket here

Istanbul has expanded its borders and created new living spaces and suburbs according to the rules of neoliberal capital. In the name of “urban transformation”, the city has turned into a commercial meta that only allows citizens to live in the city if they can survive between the wheels of this commercial cycle.

The projects "Rantİstanbul" and "Surplus of Istanbul" recorded this transformation by overlapping and working together between 2010-15. “Rantİstanbul” has recorded the urban transformation and gentrification in Tarlabaşı audiovisually by following the results of this gentrification against the people of Tarlabaşı and the reasons for this gentrification by asking what makes the buildings more valuable than the people, who use them as accommodation. "Surplus of Istanbul" looks at the city's litter from the center of Beyoğlu city to the outskirts of Istanbul, Umraniye, by creating a personal map of where the litter from the people who are the usual victims of urban transformation and gentrification, collected and reused.

These two projects tell the stories and show the recordings of "transformed/renewed" Istanbul that leaves the objects and people behind, and the utopia in Gezi Park that gave rise to the resistance to this transformation. We claim that urban transformation and gentrification are not unique concepts for Istanbul, and that this transformation continues around different axes in Berlin. That is why we plan to record and research the traces of Berlin left by urban transformation and gentrification with workshops.


After the film screening and an inspiring conversation with the artist, we look forward to a DJ-Set by Mobilegirl starting at 22:00. You only need the one ticket for both events. 


THE PATH: A Participatory Public Art Project

The Path is an interdisciplinary project that problematizes the relationship between metropole and the individual from queer and feminist perspectives. The project consists of an art installation at Templehofer Feld, an exhibition at Oyoun and series of events at and between both locations. The title of the project originates from Umut Azad Akkel ́s multidimensional
artwork with the same title that will be exhibited through the project.

Can the metropole also contain us during the whole migration wave, gentrification and rapid urban transformation? What if the paths that we walk every day start from nowhere and lead nowhere? Is what we experience a coexistence or an ́otherness ́ with a potential? What are the results, alternatives, solutions and what can be the role of art in this process?

See the full programme of THE PATH here

The Path project was produced by Oyoun in collaboration with Umut Azad Akkel (IG: @azadonfires) as artist, artistic director and co-curator, Şehnaz Layıkel (IG: @sehnazlayikel) as co-curator and Pegah Keshmirshekan and Ilgaz Yalçınoğlu as event coordinator. It was funded by the Lotto Stiftung and UdK KKWV.


Please note: To take part in events at Oyoun or visit our exhibitions, you need to have a negative corona test from the same day or proof of vaccination / recovery. FFP2 Masks are mandatory at Oyoun until further notice. Further information about our hygiene concept can be found here:


24.September 2021
18:30 - 21:30
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