Shell In 2007, for the first time in world history, the recorded city population outgrew the suburban population. Urban Millennium is a transition point in history – the realization that we should start to examine cities through a new perspective. Taycan photographs these changes and the the consequent phenomena. He looks at the impact of this change and questions the new living spaces presented to us. The mass migration toward Istanbul since the 1950’s, has exposed the city to unplanned urbanization; the constant need for new buildings to accommodate the population has transformed the city periphery into one massive construction site. This transformation can be witnessed at the urban border in its most vulnerable and raw state. Sadly, the scene is far from an optimistic one; environmental sustainability is not taken into account and new development areas are quite far from the familiar dynamics of the city. The carved mine sites, which provide the origins of construction material, are simply transformed into the wounds of the city. Stuck in this vicious cycle of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction, Serkan Taycan represents Istanbul as a dystopia. The artist combines different endpoints of the city in diptychs and triptychs merging time and space - these are personal interventions to the topography. Taycan’s new realities become recent suggestions to the 19th century Istanbul panoramas that are engraved in our memories, and his photographs become alternatives for the current city image.
Parallel to the exhibition, there is a publication with texts by Jean-François Pérouse and Merve Ünsal, accompanied by a map of Istanbul periphery by Superpool.