Partners: Artıkişler Collective, KozaVisual
Supported by EU Sivil Dusun Program, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Surplus of Istanbul follows the waste disposed/left on the streets by camera and focuses on the daily lives of people picking waste and the urban spaces where they work.
Videograms trace the ways in which waste pickers are included in Istanbul’s rapidly changing urban space. On the other hand it forms an alignment of memory with the videos produced before 2013.
Through an all set camera, the effects of diverse but interrelated issues such as urban transformation, safety at work, child labor, ethnic identity, migration and homeland, football and local elections on the lives of waste pickers are seen and made visible. It looks at many different places in the city through the eyes of these people. It produces a visual memory at the intersection of shared issues of environmental waste, labour conditions and identities of immigrants.
The book: “Surplus of Istanbul” is a project book edited by Artıkişler Collective. The book is primarily about a video methodology process based research ongoing with waste collectors in Istanbul. At the same time the book includes and makes connections with past researches (2001) and engagements with the waste collectors from Ankara and Hakkari. The book consists of experiences and observations by members of Artikisler Collective on the main themes of waste, garbage, urbanism, labor and video activism. Moreover, the book as well includes texts by diverse writers who discuss and relate the theme in context of ethnic conflict, video image, identity of the researcher, urban surplus and urban transformation.