Blaine Campbell

for art a repurposed architecture

The series a repurposed architecture explores a building complex in transition in Istanbul, Turkey. Üsküdar Imam Hatip Lisesi, was previously used as a monastery, a prison, and a school and slated to become studios and instructional space for the fine arts university. The continual repurposing of space is somewhat different from the predominant tendency – as evidenced in many North American cities, with a persistent and accelerating construction boom - to replace rather than re-use. The images in a repurposed architecture also attend to a Romanticist history of an aesthetic fascination with the past and decay.