exhibited at DAIRE SANAT as part of the exhibition titled "THE LOSS"

I.U. BOTANICAL GARDEN is an installation that opens up to both the hidden treasures and the politics regarding the oldest Botanical Garden of Istanbul: Alfred Heilbronn Botanical Garden.

"Rector Yunus Söylet told a talk show in April that the garden might be moved elsewhere as the mufti’s office wants to regain the property, adding that the prime minister wanted to revive history there, meaning that a historical building could be rebuilt on the site.

“Six months ago, I had doubts [about this project] too. But the head of Religious Affairs Directorate showed me a photo [which proves that] this place [garden] belonged to the office of the Shaykh al-Islam [the top Islamic authority in Ottoman times]. But it has been used by the university as a botanical garden for the past 60 years. We have to consider this and find a balanced solution,” said Söylet."

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