Her studio is located on the Landwehrstrasse, in a multi-level back building of a pulsating neighbourhood, where Baklava meets Weisswurst and “Halal” is written on every second store. Inside the bubble of Munich is another bubble: Bahnhofsviertel, a meaty German word for the quarter close to the main railway station of Bavaria’s showcase city. This area is bounded by main streets delimiting the historic city centre, as well as by stately houses with front gardens.
Although this quarter is one of the busiest in Munich, the atmosphere is one of holiday. Try it. It can be liberating. Don’t judge this quarter by its name. Taste the local Shawarma and Baklava, get a new haircut, and drink your mint tea in the sun – your friends will ask you where you had been for vacation. Sure. Wallah. I swear.
‘It is ironic that it is precisely because of the heterogeneity of local residents that many people enjoy visiting cities such as Berlin, Paris, or London.’
I connected with Bostan’s work back in 2016 when she designed some garments with crescent and star prints, both elements on the Turkish national flag and symbols of the Arabian world in general. This was also the first time that Bostan incorporated symbols and inspiration from her own roots. While Bostan feels that this choice evolved naturally for her at the time, without a deeper meaning, this has changed for her, as it has for many Turkish artists.
Bostan was born in Ankara, Turkey but moved with her parents at a young age to Bavaria’s state capital of Munich. As a child of two loving parents who found work and success here as a result of Germany’s labour shortage, she grew up in a welcoming neighbourhood. However, it is only since 2016 that this multidisciplinary artist has held German citizenship.
Many of Munich’s most creative minds share a love for this quarter, including product designers, architects, fashion designers, and artists. One of those artists is German–Turkish designer Ayzit Bostan, whose works ranges between conceptual fashion and product design.
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