Situated on one of the busiest streets of Galata, Postane Cafe is located at the entrance hall of the Postane building. The cafe is intended to serve as both a neighborhood center and a reception area to greet its visitors. Being zero waste is one of the main objectives of Postane Cafe, where healthy, affordable, and locally sourced food and soft drinks are served. In daily vegetarian and vegan menus, we use the products supplied from local producers and food cooperatives as well as vegetables and fruits harvested from Postane Garden. The seating capacity of Postane Cafe is 25 people inside and 15 people outside. With the “Pay-it-forward meal” and “pay-it-forward food” programs, we aim to serve disadvantaged communities in the neighborhood.  In Summer 2022, Postane Cafe initiated the “Grab and Go Food” program. Postane visitors and neighbors can get daily menus in deposited stainless steel food containers, gifted to Postane as an act of solidarity by Kültürhane (Culture House), a vibrant cafe/library based in Mersin, Turkey. 

The 6×6-meter wall located inside Postane Cafe is reserved as the Activist Art Wall.

 

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THE ACTIVIST ART WALL

The 6-meter-wide, 5-meter-high wall on Postane’s ground floor (also the cafe floor) is reserved for artworks. Artworks exhibited on this wall are determined through periodically announced open calls to artists with a theme prioritizing cultural heritage preservation, and a fairer and more livable world. 

2021 Theme 

We imagine Postane as a “central tree. “An urban space in the age of crises that takes strength from its roots, breathes life into its environment, and contains an ecosystem while at the same time being fully aware that it is a part of a larger ecology; a place, which is the product and the producer of its contemporary age. Hence, as the first theme of Postane Wall, we wanted to share this dream, the concept of the “tree of life,” with the artists. We highlighted key terms that resonate with this theme, such as “overcoming crises,” “environmental justice,” “ecological restoration,” “right to water,” “cultural landscape,” “places of hope,” and “ecology of care”.

Ekin Kano, Growing Pains, 2021

After the open call, an independent jury evaluated the artworks and selected Ekin Kano’s Growing Pains to be exhibited on Postane Wall in 2021-2023. Pınar Akkurt, Aslı Özdoyuran, Bünyamin Bozkuş, Tuna Üner, Poçolana Works, Çağla Vera Kılıçarslan, Elif Çiftçioğlu, Yağmur Tansu Uğurel and Utku Eroğlu, Serhat Kır, Yarsu Genç received an honorable mention.

Ekin Kano’s Growing Pains uses landscape painting as a cultural device and a political symbol, a reference to Alexander von Humboldt. “Today, landscape painting represents the naive effort to belong to this sublime structure that we can neither tame nor control, that hides the knowledge of the non-human and is only visible at its own will.” The landscape painting-object was produced with completely natural materials using the “scagliola” method, which is also an ecological restoration technique. It contains couch grass removed from Postane Garden, which is unsuitable for compost. Thus, Kano’s work became a landscape depiction that points to different temporalities and materialities.