The Sulukule Children’s Art Atelier was a joint project with independent researcher Kevin Yıldırım. Located in the highly contested Sulukule neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey, the atelier provided the area’s youth a center for personal development within the arts. After a purported failed housing project by the government run Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKİ), the youth at this atelier have been redefining Sulukule through hip hop culture, invariably influenced by the rap group Tahribad-ı İsyan. The center closed in August 2015. These images contain portraits of the youth, scenes of the neighborhood, and details of the atelier.
Sulukule Atelier Lettering, 2015
Tahribad-ı İsyan, Istanbul, 2015
Old Sulukule Street, 2015
V.Z. with Graffiti, 2015
Pigeons, 2015
Walls of Constantinople, 2015
Old Sulukule House, 2015
Across the Atelier, 2015
V.Z.'s Dog, 2015
Photograph of Old Sulukule, 2015
Yağmur, 13, Hip Hop Dancer, 2015
Fehmi, 13, Rapper, 2015
Seyit, 9, Rapper, 2015
İsmail, 15, Rapper, 2015
Serhan, 16, Hip Hop Dancer, 2015
Gizem, 19, Hip Hop Dancer, 2015
Gizem's Tattoo, 2015
Yunus, 16, Dancer and Rapper, 2015
Seyit, 13, Dancer and Rapper, 2015
Tupac Shakur Mural, 2015
Before the Dance Lesson, 2015
Dance Lesson, 2015
Concert Rehearsal I, 2015
Concert Rehearsal II, 2015
Photographs and Notes, 2015
Rabbits, 2015
Toy, 2015
Drawing at the Atelier, 2015
Children's Story Book, 2015
Goodbyes to the Atelier, 2015
Neo-Ottoman TOKİ Housing, 2015
Dogs behind TOKİ Housing, 2015
The TOKİ Basketball Court, 2015
Sulukule Streets, 2015
Child Overlooking the Street, 2015