Exhibition at Gazhane focusses on issues of urbanization

A newly opened exhibition called "Towards the City" at Istanbul's newest culture and arts center, the historical Hasanpaşa Gazhanesi (gashouse), is centered around the issues of urbanization, urban and rural transformation and ecology.


The structure of the exhibition comprises of subjective narratives that vary from individual to societal and every day to expert. It is shaped by content that relates to journeys, sometimes in memories and other times in bodily experiences.

With a comprehensive approach, the show presents the works of Serkan Taycan, who has been investigating the impacts of transformation on the city with an internal and external eye and has been adopting practices such as photography, walking and mapping as methods for this research since 2007.

It is possible to talk of two main axes that embrace the entirety of the exhibition. One of these is an effort to sustain the structure in photographs - touching upon shared concepts that relate to memory, representation, photography/cinematography, the philosophy of walking and activism - throughout the narrative of the exhibition, as the themes that fall into the focus of the sections vary.

The other is an attempt to articulate, by including other voices that think, write and produce in a diversity of fields ranging from literature to sociology and architecture to urban politics, that the subject matter is not aimed at a narrow professional field, expertise, or solely to photographic documentation or an artistic form of expression.


The exhibition takes its viewers to a journey in four parts, which are Habitat, Shell, Agora and Between Two Seas.

Habitat: It is an outcome of the journeys that Taycan took in an attempt to...

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