Mapping the City

Since 1998, Ingo Giezendanner, alias GRRRR, has been documenting the urban spaces in which he has travelled and lived. Apart from his native city of Zurich, his travels have taken him to diverse cities from New York and New Orleans to Cairo, Nairobi, Karachi and Colombo. At the moment he is living in Istanbul as an artist in residence by the city of Zürich until the end of July and documenting the urban space of Istanbul.

Everywhere he travels, he captures his surroundings on location with pen on paper. His drawings have been presented in numerous magazines, books and animated films as well as in spacious installations and wallpaintings and on his web site as an interactive mapping app.

GRRRR has been presenting his work continuously in a series of publications. The first is the self-published booklet “GRR1: video”, which appeared in 1998. The current book “GRR30: urban recordings” is his thirtieth publication. It contains drawings from the years 1998 to 2006 which provide insight into GRRRRs entire work for the first time.




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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