Ofis / Young Faces of Diyarbakir

In the 1960s changing agricultural policies and the rise of industrialization in Turkey led to the migration of large populations to cities. While most of these migrants settled in the oldest part of Diyarbakır, i.e. Sur, the upper-middle classes who were living in Sur moved to the "Yenişehir" (New city) district. The vicinity of the Agricultural Products Office (TMO) was the most central part of Diyarbakır and the most developed district in terms of socio-economic means. As the city grew and developed, its center shifted. With the emergence of new residential areas, Ofis changed character as well, from being preferred by high-income groups to turning into a more 'family-less' place dominated by cafés and gaming halls, where a vast majority of apartments are used as offices/bureaus. This district, which I inhabited with my family with our relatives living just one street away, has changed over time in parallel with the transitions in my life. The apartments I stayed in have changed. My family and relatives moved to other neighbourhoods. I moved into other houses in the Ofis district. I am still living in this neighbourhood and am familiar with the social environment, although its face is changing rapidly. This series aims to illustrate urban transformation with a different approach, focusing on the lives of new young residents next to the spaces transformed, starting with the tearing down of buildings.

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