Strange Intimacies

Designed by Vahit Tuna

Design by Vahit Tuna


“Provocative, disturbing, nuanced, sophisticated: these are the immediate descriptors of the work of artist Hatice Güleryüz. They are descriptors hard won from years of nomadic wandering mixed with a certain kind of gentle curiosity and steely unwillingness to take ‘No!’ for an answer. In her films, photographs and writings, she makes her mark over and again, though tinged as it is with laughter, fear, anger, it is a mark closer to the trace of a restless wind surfing the streets than that of the indelibly deep cut of a knife to the heart or bullet wound to the head. Forever cast into the neither/nor regions of life, Güleryüz’s work embodies, simultaneously, as foreigner and familiar, the sensuous and the pornographic, the embarrassed and the brave, the degree and the layer, the history and its present. Strange Intimacies is a journey, her journey, our journey, which ingeniously expresses the mark – traces of the city – this mad, cruel, wild, secular, floating, intelligent, superstitious city – colour coded in time, and expressing what all curious, wanderers, nomads know to be true: we just want to go home (there is no home).”

— Johnny Golding














“Strange Intimacies” was published as part of Hatice Güleryüz’s project for the 9th International Istanbul Biennial along with a video of the same title. The book originated from a desire to investigate notions of estrangement and identity in relation to Istanbul. Güleryüz has engaged in conversations with foreigners living in Istanbul as a way of expressing the sense of encountering different realities and problematics of belonging. The book holds a gateway to an understanding of the experiences of strangers shaped by different perspectives and of the clichés that emerge when conceiving the city and its culture. The publication is compiled of writings, anecdotes of people who have come to Istanbul from different cultures for different reasons and compelling photographs which relate to their encounters with the city. “Strange Intimacies” brings together a diverse panorama of people whose only common point is their affection of Istanbul while presenting a unique portrait of Istanbul through their thrills, troubles and bewilderments.

Editing / Yayıma Hazırlayan: Hatice Güleryüz

Design / Tasarım: Vahit Tuna

Translation / Çeviri: Süreyya Evren

Copy-editing / Redaksiyon: Hazel Tulgar

Video transcription/video desifre: Benek Cincik

Prepress, Printing and Binding / Film, Baskı ve Cilt: Ofset Yapımevi, Şair Sok. No: 4 Çağlayan Mahallesi, Kağıthane 34410 İstanbul

Strange Intimacies was realized with financial support of the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.

Tuhaf Yakınlıklar, Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam’ın maddi desteği ile gerçekleştirilmiştir.