The shores of the Bosporus, which has been the subject of the writings of many travellers, writers and historians for centuries, kept the architectural identity that was passed on to us until recently. However, with the increase in the population as a result of the migrations since the 1980s, the city began growing towards the sea, losing its natural borders. The material used to fill the sea was excavations of buildings that were demolished at different points of the city.
Indicating the fill areas that have been added to Bosphorus since the 17th century corresponds to the size of a Istanbul district, Berka Beste Kopuz takes the audience to a new district of Istanbul both well-known and not known at all: Kazıklıköy.
In the exhibition that focuses on the topography of the 40 districts and neighbourhoods of the Bosporus, the artist reveals the destruction of uncontrolled and improper planning after privatisation, sharing archival footage from her walks around these districts with the audience.
Berka Beste Kopuz’s large-scale black and white photographs convey the rapid growth and outcomes of the city occupation with an abstract expression. Looking carefully at these photos, the submerged Istanbul is seen. Filling of the sea and narrowing of the Bosphorus, demolished buildings and destroyed lives to create new living spaces indicate the excavations that constitute the fillings of Kazıklıköy.
Kazıklıköy exhibition is composed of large scale black and white photographs, archival and satellite images, light boxes, maps and an installation of the Bosporus and the excavations while also housing an interactive installation where the artist invites the audience to share the archival sources about the Bosporus.