Onur Ceritoğlu’s lecture dealt with ‘Çıkmacılar’ (removers), people who salvage materials from demolished buildings for reuse and recycling purposes in Istanbul.
Their existence can be traced back to informal urbanization, Gecekondu (nightlanders) since the 1960s. The capitalist system tends to create and instrumentalise these social infrastructures and keep them on the periphery. The Çıkmacılar not only supply raw materials for formal mass production, but they also open up an unregulated economy for second-hand building materials.
Onur Ceritoğlu is a visual artist and an academic, trained as an architect. He is a part of KABA HAT artist collective. https://kaba-hat.com/
Onur is also one of the participants of the upcoming Tbilisi Architecture Biennial in October 2018.
Visit of Onur Ceritoglu was supported by GeoAIR http://geoair.ge/