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SULUKULE ROMAN ORCHESTRA
Videowork, 2010, 8 min
Directed, shot, edited by Ede Müller
Local Production: Göksin Varan, photo_araf, Istanbul

Festivals/Exhibitions:
FestArte VideoArt Festival,
Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome /
Medrar Festival for Contemporary Art,
Goethe Institute Cairo /
Triennale Milano, ES contemporary art gallery,
Meran, Italy /
Cinema Babylon Mitte, Berlin /

The Sulukule quarter was a historical district located in Istanbul that was home to one of the oldest Roma communities in the world. Despite strong resistance, Sulukule was razed to the ground over a process of about three years. Residents were forced to sell their property and accept resettlement terms. UNESCO, the European Parliament, the OSZE and other international organizations did make formal inquiries into the forced resettlement of the Roma and the rezoning of Sulukule. But the Istanbul city council remained steadfast in its purpose. The last house was demolished on November 12th, 2009.

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