FOR SAMA (2019): This agonizingly intimate account of the Syrian war will make you forget about your first-world problems   Two young boys, hardly the age of ten, both covered in dust, are rushing the lifeless body of another young boy into a makeshift hospital in Aleppo. A missile hit their house. The boy, Mohammed Ameen, was their brother. Their mother arrives, looking for her … Continue reading WAR, LOVE AND NEW LIFE AMONGST THE RUBBLE

“11 years at the airport and I have never seen anything like this”

Impressions from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport following Europe’s travel bans and lock down implementations. Photos and text by Veronica Kontopoulou It is not business as usual at Schiphol Airport this Sunday evening. Many of the travelers, have had to battle through a multitude of flight cancellations to return to their home country. The COVID-19 outbreak is visible everywhere; in the red and white tapes restricting passengers … Continue reading “11 years at the airport and I have never seen anything like this”

Istanbul: a trap for the disabled?

Anyone who has ever visited Istanbul will agree that it’s an enormous city, with lots of options for public transport. But how accessible is the city for its disabled citizens and visitors? And how much effort does the city put into these kinds of services? Text and photos By Astrid Vlaeminck and Iris Geerardyn In Bilgi University there is a unit especially for disabled students, … Continue reading Istanbul: a trap for the disabled?

Shaky Istanbul

Istanbul is located in an active earthquake area. For a city with more than 15 million people, it’s not possible to make every building earthquake safe. People are aware of the consequences of living there, but are stuck in their old apartments. Photos and text by Thirza de Raad and Iris van Schie Dozens of minor earthquakes and aftershocks occur yearly in and around Istanbul … Continue reading Shaky Istanbul

Longing for a Büyükada without horse cruelty

For years, horse and carriage was the only means of transport on the Istanbul Princess Islands. Many horses were overworked, for tourism. But recently animal activists have started protesting this mistreatment. Nowadays, horse power has largely turned into electrical power on the island. Text and photos by Brendan McDade On the south side of Istanbul lays the island of Büyükada, the biggest of the nine … Continue reading Longing for a Büyükada without horse cruelty

Kanal Istanbul, much more than just a canal

Launched as a way to relieve the busy Bosporus, the prestigious Kanal Istanbul is planned to be one of the largest infrastructure projects in the world. The 44 km canal, for which preparations started in late 2019, is expected to cost 15 billion dollars. But is it really necessary? According to Emrah Altinok, assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at Bilgi University, the real … Continue reading Kanal Istanbul, much more than just a canal

‘By helping others, I help myself’

Alparslan Celayir (26) was seeking a more meaningful life: now he’s a volunteer in Deliler Coffeehouse in Istanbul, which helps the homeless.  Text by Ingrid Godager and Thea Agnethe Eriksen, photos by Ingrid Godager Alparslan Celayir (26) is one of the volunteers working at Deliler Coffeehouse in the old centre of Istanbul. Since 2016 the non-profit café is run by volunteers and gives out food, clothes and other … Continue reading ‘By helping others, I help myself’

Sex on demand

Lyle Muns (25) is a political science student and sexworker. When he is working, he has to change his mindset to have sex with guys he normally would never have sex with. Text by Ronny Taferner, Illustration by Jonas Armbruster It’s Wednesday, 19.23 and suddenly Lyle Muns’ phone rings – an unknown number. It’s a man who wants sex. A couple of minutes later, Lyle jumps … Continue reading Sex on demand