TOKI and Happiness


DVD Video, Pal 4:3, in color, no sound, with English and Turkish subtitles, 04'07'' Istanbul, 2009


TOKI and Happiness, 2009 deals with recent social housing developments in Turkey and the basic need for shelter for a person who lives in a city. In the last years, TOKI (Housing Development Administration of Turkey) has constructed numerous new buildings all around the country. This video was film in Halkalı social housing area, in the outskirts of Istanbul. The footage showing the houses is accompanying with texts deliberately repeating the words: “happy, so happy, very happy...”. Happiness arrives when this person, who might be the artist herself, owns a house. Although it is a basic right for people to live in a balanced and proper environment, the lower classes have to settle down for these low quality houses offered by the state.


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