Istanbul Microphone Men
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.