The Sulukule Children’s Art Atelier was a project documenting the projects of a small cultural and art center. Located in Istanbul's highly contested Sulukule neighborhood, this atelier provided the area’s young generation a place for personal development and expression within art, music, and performance. 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, highly influenced by the local rap group Tahribad-ı İsyan. The center closed in August 2015. These images contain portraits of the children and teens, scenes of the neighborhood, and the art center.

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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