C. M. Kosemen

C. M. Kosemen

Artist and Researcher




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A collection of calling cards

Until the mid-2010s, illegal transvestite sex workers in the Turkish capital city of Ankara advertsied their profession with small, gaudily-illustrated cards that were strewn about on sidewalks. I saw unintentionally-preserved hints of candour and pathos in the prostitutes' grainy, "true-to-life" portraits, and collecting them quickly became one of my questionable hobbies...The spread of the internet and government crackdown later led to the extinction of these cards.

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