Kapi

Tamed kapi by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

It has been a long time now that I have been meaning to cross the door to the internal alleys. Last week my kind students took me on a journey to the tamed komshi kapigik.

*kapigik-small door on the fence between two houses (Turkish: kapi) giving the possibility for neighbors to meet and communicate.

Every block in Chinatown embraces within its heart an invisible network of private alleys. Similarly to something made from substance translucent, most of the people come and go without ever finding out that they have existed. Their formation isn’t questionable; individual and row houses fill up the inside with much density.

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