- Categories Design, Graphics, Video
- Type Research and Visualisation
- Year 2015
- Location Kumkapı Foreigners Guesthouse
Guesthouse is a mutual project of Merve Bedir and Alican Inal.
“Kumkapı is a touristic neighbourhood of Istanbul. There are hotels, fish houses and a guesthouse. You see drug dealers, illegal traders on its streets. It’s a strange place, Kumkapı. There are Africans, Syrians, Central Asians. A church, a mosque. They say tourists should actually not go to Zeytinburnu, Tarlabaşı, Kumkapı in Istanbul. A weird place here…”
Turkey’s Department of Security, Kumkapı Foreigners Guesthouse was opened on 3 April 2007, at Muhsine Hatun, Çifte Gelinler Street no. 29, Istanbul. Undocumented migrants with no papers or who committed a crime are detained here before they are deported from Turkey. The building is a 2nd degree monument, converted from a former court building, located on the same street with the Armenian Patriarchate. In 2010, with pressure from the European Human Rights Court, the facility was renamed as Kumkapı Detention and Removal Center.
The Guesthouse’s garden includes police cars and children’s slides, separated from the rest of the World by a high wall. This wall and the building’s façade are the only visible elements of the building to the outsider. The inside; illnesses, deaths, human rights violations rarely take place in newspapers and reports.
“Guesthouse” visualizes existing news and documents by sketches, and models the building through witnesses experiences, which eventually reveal the anatomy of the building.