Istanbul

Hussein Chalayan

Elgiz Museum

At the start of Hussein Chalayan’s video installation place to passage, 2003, a small, futuristic vehicle zips down the ramp of a deserted London underground parking garage, hovering just above the pavement. The vehicle’s sole occupant is a thin, lithe woman wearing a white unitard and skullcap. Traveling from London to Istanbul at hyperspeed, she eats, meditates, and rests, the pod providing her with nourishment and waste disposal. En route she passes through a bleak wintry landscape and an equally dismal urban environment dominated by billboards. At the end of her trip she whisks exhilaratingly along the Bosporus as Istanbul’s mosques and modern buildings rise on both banks.

A Turkish Cypriot by birth, now one of Britain’s most celebrated and innovative fashion designers, Chalayan also has a presence in the art world. The journey from London to Istanbul reverses Chalayan’s own itinerary,

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