#insideoutproject in Istanbul, Turkey
71 Portraits - December 2013
Their Statement: Unfortunately, there have been some discriminatory policies in our country for a while leading separation in terms of religion, ethnic origin , and even segregation in people according to gender . In the name of urban renewal , who have lived together in peace for years, undergo this placement and remained homeless. Rather, new luxuries sites are being constructed for rich people during gentrification. Balat, is the one of the oldest districts of Istanbul which has managed sustain of its own original texture. The people who have different religious like Muslims , Christians , Jews, have different ethnic groups like Turkish, Kurdish, Roums, Gipsies, Albenian, Spanish and have different political views like conservative, liberal etc. , live in peace for centuries. That is why we chose Balat as the subject of the project . Peoples may survive in peace without any political and commercial concerns. And we are the same, while we are smiling. Therefore, we took photos of Balat people while they were smiling . We will exhibit the posters on the streets of Balat. Then we will show all over the world, these multi-religious and multi-cultural neighbors are happy to live together.