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Istanbul Microphone Men

008 / 31 March 2015

We desire understanding, so we seek to map the unknown. But maps require lines, compartments, official names and conventions in order to normalize this understanding, and it is these measures that I do not fully trust. Not with the legacy of colonialism still so strong in the south, and of race science getting stronger in the north. So I will not map relationships. Despite my African childhood, it's not my place. It's not our place. Instead, let me offer these straight-forward portraits of Turkish cloth-sellers getting ready to describe their most beloved place in their home town, and leave it at that. 


About the author

Santiago Mostyn

Santiago Mostyn is a Stockholm-based writer and photographer with a practice founded on culturally resonant personal histories. His prints, videos, texts, and installations derive from a candid engagement with subcultural communities around the world. Mostyn is a graduate of Yale University and the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, and has exhibited internationally at venues including Kunst-Werke Berlin, Malmö Konsthall, Mass MoCA, and the Hasselblad Foundation. His work has been profiled by The New Yorker, Interview Magazine, BBC Radio, and Creative Time Reports, among others.