“Sokak Otları” (urban weeds) - Kerem Ozan Bayraktar

Kerem Ozan Bayraktar ( Turkey )

Kerem Ozan Bayraktar's work in “Sokak Otları” (“urban weeds” in Turkish) consists of observing growth and pattern dynamics of “ruderal” urban plants in ecologically disturbed sites such as ruins, car parks, abandoned buildings, road cracks, railways, etc. He is interested in the weeds’ “invasive” and “native” status, their connection with history and migrations, and their interaction with infrastructure. Through these issues, I aim to understand the relationship between environment and living things, and to explore new possible ways of thinking and sensing by looking at the non-human. Starting in 2018 with small notes on Instagram (@sokakotlari), this ongoing inquiry proceeds with photos, texts and diagrams.