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Welcome to IMPERSONATOPIA! Live the questions now.
Our bond with reality has become ever more complex. To cap it off, we find ourselves struggling to live through all kinds of existential anxieties occurring on our planet and within our bodies. These are the times in which we have normalised concepts such as ‘deepfake’ and ‘post truth’, a time when we have found ourselves exposed to the side-effects of political, ecological and public health crises. These cruel times have tested our capabilities in confronting the dire consequences of many systematic problems and issues – often resulting in a sense of apathy. Having the liberty to douse the realities we can’t escape in our favourite filters and take (repeated) screenshots yields incomprehensible dilemmas in recording and directing our own story.
212 is a biannual magazine based out of Istanbul, published and distributed internationally. It contains short fiction and long-form reportage; distinctive photo essays and revealing interviews. Even though it was born in the city where east meets west (as the love-worn cliche goes), the magazine seeks to transcend the loaded dichotomies of Istanbul’s favourite metaphor, and extends its gaze far beyond the region.