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Guide to Every City

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Writer: Efe Levent
Artist: Alaa Alhassoun
Arabic Translation: Talal Bou Kheder

Guide to Every City is a fictional guide to a made up city. The inhabitants of this made up city are not humans but insects. The work uses this metaphor to explore the burning issue of social polarisation which exists in every city. Written from the perspective of made up travel writer Steve McCracker, the work also lampoons the latest trends in orientalist travel writing. It is published in broadsheet newspaper format in three languages: Arabic, English, Turkish.

Guide to Every City was first published as part of Orthopaedics exhibition held at the artist space poşe on 28th March 2019 with the contributions of Ona Göre.

After what seems like an eternity of crawling, we finally arrive at the temple. It is magnificent! just as I imagined it. The interior is vast and quiet. I feel a deep sense of communion with the place. The air you breathe within these walls is thick with centuries of civilisation. The gravity of history contrasts with the feeling of weightlessness I experience under the giant dome of the temple. The way Every City keeps throwing contrast after contrast with such unrelenting consistency, is almost surreal. I can’t help but think that this city has been built specifically for travel writers to narrate ostentatious metaphors.

Efe Levent
Anthropologist- Founder/Editor at Mangal Media
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