Monday, August 22, 2005
Kuba, a gecekondu community in Istanbul
Turkish-born artist Kutlug Ataman's latest video installation: 40 televisions featuring 40 stories from Kuba, a small gecekondu, or squatter community, near Istanbul's airport. This article from Britain's Guardian Unlimited gives a description. I missed the work last year. I'd like to see it now. Istanbul is 40 percent squatter-built, and it's important for artists to seek out the history and stories of these communities, as they are key components of the modern city.