‘Pazar//Shuk’, a journey through the markets of Istanbul and Tel Aviv – Culture

(ANSAmed) – ISTANBUL, 28 GIU – Two seemingly distant places, Istanbul and Tel Aviv, meet every day in the authentic culture of the food markets that enliven the streets of both cities. The photography book “Pazar//Shuk”, by Kornelia Binicewicz and Italo Rondinella – which has just been published by Turkish editions Paper Street & Co. – focuses on the similarities and differences between Turkey and Israel in the culture of markets registered in both countries.

The photographs taken by the Italian photojournalist Rondinella highlight the almost intimate atmosphere that is palpable during the encounters between sellers and buyers in the markets that punctuate daily life in Turkey and Israel. “In Istanbul, the market represents the identity of the neighborhood in which it is located, it is connected to the people who live there and draws the demographic photograph of this specific place, whether it is a neighborhood mainly inhabited by well-to-do secular Kurds or Turks live or by conservatives,” Binicewicz, a Polish anthropologist who lives in Istanbul, where she is in charge of musical projects, told ANSA. “In Turkey, the market satisfies daily shopping needs, in the majority of cases for women who then cook at home. In Israel, it was like that before but now the markets are different places, neighborhoods where they find themselves gentrified and “there are fewer and fewer stalls simply selling food products while an increasing number of stalls prepare typical dishes. It’s a phenomenon of the last 10 years that has also changed the public, now young hipsters and foodies mainly go to the markets of Tel Aviv.”

The texts organized by Binicewicz talk about vendors, customers and restaurateurs who buy ingredients for their dishes.

Through their stories, the readers bring readers into contact with a culinary tradition rooted in the Ottoman Empire, in districts of Istanbul where it is still possible to come into contact with the culture of the Armenian and Greek-Orthodox minorities, or a fish market in Tel Aviv run by an Israeli with a Palestinian fisherman. The book thus becomes a kind of unconventional guide to the two cities where it is possible to find recipes for typical dishes served by the restaurateurs interviewed. The title of the book takes its name from how markets are known in Istanbul and Tel Aviv: “pazar” for Turkey, from the Persian “bazaar”, and “shuk” in Israel, a close relative of the “souk”. Arab.

The project was commissioned by the Israeli consulate in Istanbul and is published – in English, Turkish and Hebrew – as part of the recently inaugurated process of normalizing diplomatic relations between Turkey and Israel at the official level. (ANSAmed)

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