Istanbul is one of these cities that have gone through so many transformations that have affected the idea of belonging and the idea of foundations. It's an earthquake zone but also symbolically and historically through political acts and power shifts our own ground keeps shaking all the time, even today.
In this short film, artist Hera Büyüktaşçıyan takes us on a tour of Istanbul, the city where she lives and works. Ever since a child, walking has been a way for her to better understand this complex city, which she describes as a "living organism".
We join Büyüktaşçıyan on her daily commute from the island of Heybeliada. Arriving in the city, she explores the old district of Fatih, encountering and observing paper collectors and carpet sellers, Byzantine churches converted into Ottoman mosques.
In a visit to her studio, we see how the constant layering of histories, communities and acts of resistance in Istanbul – as well as other cities like Toronto and Lahore – inspires her artwork, which ranges from forests of coiled carpets to stop-motion animation and drawing.
Research supported by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in partnership with Hyundai Motor