How Do You Know Tarlabasi?

278 historical buildings in the 30,000 meter square area are being reconstructed!

How Do You Know Tarlabasi?’ by Melis Göker (1983), Turkey, is a remix work that points to the fact that there is a background story to the forced evacuation that is happening in the Tarlabaşı district of Istanbul today. The (hi)story of migration in Tarlabaşı goes back to the forced migration of non-Muslim minorities from Tarlabaşı in 1950’s and reveals the economic backdrop to the cause of these migrations.

Produced by MODE Istanbul, Turkey in 2013 for Remapping Europe, a Doc Next Network project remixing prevailing imagery of migrants.
Remapping Europe is an investigative arts project that aims to contribute to an inclusive cultural practice and a new imagery in and of Europe by connecting young creative media-makers and artists living in Spain, Poland, Turkey and the UK, who have migrant perspectives, to wider European inter-generational audiences. The project involves creating new methods for expanded education, workshops for creative media-makers, a free-use media collection, a research publication and a seminar.

The activities of Remapping Europe stem from one underlying principle: re-mixing of media as a method to re-view, re-investigate and re-consider prevailing imagery of migrants in European societies; ultimately, to ‘re-map’ Europe visually, geographically and mentally. An important result of the project is the archival and creative exposure of present-day perspectives of young (future) citizens on migration, as captured in creative media. It contributes to the European cultural heritage and is a future point of reference in our collective memory.


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