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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.


Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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