Published May 7, 2024

"At the crossroads: photography, ecology and heritage in Istanbul", written by Art History Faculty Berin Golonu, is now published


This article looks at three contemporary photo-based projects that reference Istanbul’s visual histories and document its endangered ecologies. These works take a critical approach to cultural heritage practices in contrast to official discourses that serve state power or justify capital accumulation. Osman Bozkurt’s Scenes, Ali Taptık’s Topographic Nostalgia, and Cemre Yeşil and Maria Sturm’s For Birds’ Sake focus on the relationships between the human and non-human elements of urban geographies. Their projects conceive of heritage as a practice that combines ecological concerns with preserving the cultural remnants of the urban past. Whether critiquing the aesthetic conventions of the picturesque, evoking an affective engagement with the viewer, or conjuring memories of displaced populations, these artists explore different visual approaches to embodying and remembering urban space and place. Taking a cue from their works, this article contemplates the possibility of envisioning heritage futures that can protect Istanbul’s biodiversity while being inclusive of cultural difference.

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At this time of this announcement, the article is only available via the "OnlineFirst" portion of The Journal of Visual Culture, with Sage Journals. The University at Buffalo does not currently hold a subscription to this publication.

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More access options forthcoming, as the Volume of the journal which this article will be contained in, is published, and reaches the index of the UB Libraries search platform.

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Ali Taptık, From the series Topographic Nostalgia, 2017–ongoing.