The shiny surface of Cities got an icon of representing any spot of the globalized world in the superficial esthetics of advertisements and Public relations campaigns. Not only smiling dictators on TV or on banners in public spaces, also the skylines of their Capitals got a visual for the spreading of a glamorous appearance. Scars of war and natural catastrophies are camouflaged with a glossy surface of a prosperous commercial future in the light of construction booms and gentrefication.
While it’s no news that factories in Yiwu produce 60 percent of the world’s Christmas decorations, the Jinping family, working in one of the factories, have no idea what the bubble stars and stockings will be used for. Nor does the elder Jinping know about the culture of Christmas.
In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes there will also be singing
About the dark times
(Bertolt Brecht, 1942)
During Israeli soldiers have shot and killed two Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip, less than 24 hours after six people were shot dead while protesting along the border with Israel we spend 6 days in Amman, Jordan, for a conference about Culture and Humanitarian Relief organized by the Goethe-Institut Amman.
On a summer night in Istanbul, after a discussion about the Turkish communist writer Nâzım Hikmet on a terrace facing the Golden Horn. 54 years after the construction of the Berlin Wall. Passing by on a carpenter workshop late at night watching the wroker repairing old carpets at 1 am in the morning; long never ending nights of work in neon light. Ottoman Buildings scurry over in artifical lights….
The Fishmarket in Karaköy has been one of this magic places in Istanbul. Just beside the Galata Bridge, you would dive into an atmosphere of healthy good food, a smell of freshness, wonderful colors and very friendly, modest sellers never charging too much. A Solmon for 5 Dollars, can you imagine? A Kilogram of seasonal fish was even cheaper. Streetsellers would sell fresh squeezed orange juice, some fishermen would offer grilled fresh fish. Whenever I felt down, Karaköy Fish market was a spot to gain lot’s of positive energy.