Posts tagged ‘Anti-hamam’

May 30, 2011

“Anti-Hamam Confessions”, Gülsün Karamustafa, May 27–June 25, 2011, Rodeo, İstanbul

by Azad Alik

Gülsün Karamustafa

“When I was asked to do a piece on the topic of the hamam, I was very annoyed at first as it would have been the last thing that would interest me. As a citizen of Istanbul I had never been to a hamam and my family were not interested in hamams either. The hamam was completely historical for us, a place we were told stories about – but in a way we admired the architecture. City life and its conditions, what with modern apartments containing bathrooms, never raised a need for including the idea of the hamam into our lives.

Then I thought it would be interesting to share my ideas and feelings with the audience. Why I am only enchanted by the history related to hamams but how I do not like the way they exist today.

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