The Sulukule Children’s Art Atelier was a joint project with independent researcher Kevin Yıldırım. Located in the highly contested Sulukule neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey, the atelier provided the area’s youth a center for personal development within the arts. After a purported failed housing project by the government run Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKİ), the youth at this atelier have been redefining Sulukule through hip hop culture, invariably influenced by the rap group Tahribad-ı İsyan. The center closed in August 2015. These images contain portraits of the youth, scenes of the neighborhood, and details of the atelier.

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Sulukule Atelier Lettering, 2015
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Tahribad-ı İsyan, Istanbul, 2015
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Old Sulukule Street, 2015
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V.Z. with Graffiti, 2015
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Pigeons, 2015
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Walls of Constantinople, 2015
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Old Sulukule House, 2015
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Across the Atelier, 2015
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V.Z.'s Dog, 2015
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Photograph of Old Sulukule, 2015
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Yağmur, 13, Hip Hop Dancer, 2015
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Fehmi, 13, Rapper, 2015
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Seyit, 9, Rapper, 2015
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İsmail, 15, Rapper, 2015
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Serhan, 16, Hip Hop Dancer, 2015
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Gizem, 19, Hip Hop Dancer, 2015
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Gizem's Tattoo, 2015
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Yunus, 16, Dancer and Rapper, 2015
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Seyit, 13, Dancer and Rapper, 2015
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Tupac Shakur Mural, 2015
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Before the Dance Lesson, 2015
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Dance Lesson, 2015
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Concert Rehearsal I, 2015
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Concert Rehearsal II, 2015
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Photographs and Notes, 2015
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Rabbits, 2015
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Toy, 2015
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Drawing at the Atelier, 2015
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Children's Story Book, 2015
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Goodbyes to the Atelier, 2015
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Neo-Ottoman TOKİ Housing, 2015
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Dogs behind TOKİ Housing, 2015
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The TOKİ Basketball Court, 2015
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Sulukule Streets, 2015
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Child Overlooking the Street, 2015