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PROFILES

Fulya Erdemci

Agoraphilia

By HG Masters

Portrait of Fulya Erdemci. Photo by Manuel Citak. 

Courtesy Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts.

In July 2012, when Fulya Erdemci finalized her concept for the 13th Istanbul Biennial, most people in the city had never heard of—much less visited—Gezi Park. Ten months later, the neglected nine-acre green space adjacent to Taksim Square, in the heart of modern Istanbul, was occupied by tents and teemed with çapulcu (“looters,” as prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had called the protesters) at all hours of the day for several…

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