Between Rise & Fall

About Between Rise & Fall

With her Between Rise and Fall collection, Turkey has constructed a hybrid, imagined cityscape, one inspired by distant and recent memories of the two metropolises that have shaped her life: Baghdad, where she was born, and New York, where her family moved to build a better life. Handcrafted in paper-pulp, the forms evoke vacant buildings, both Baghdadi homes abandoned amid war and the empty skyscrapers—some partially constructed and others complete—of New York’s silenced financial district during the height of the pandemic. As one walks around her cityscape, light and shadows shift, calling to mind passing clouds or the narrow shafts of light between Manhattan’s dense vertical skyline. For Turkey, these architectural remnants symbolize the seemingly endless human cycle of building, destroying, and rebuilding.