Abused Mannequins of the Middle East

Personal Projects

Istanbul, Turkey

I first came to Turkey over 20 years ago on a summer trip with my family, and during that time, not only did I fall in love with Turkey, but also with the mannequins in the country. It might be a strange thing to focus on in a place with so many other amazing sites, but I was immediately drawn to how people here used the human form sometimes thoughtfully, and sometimes without care.

I found there was art and humor to how people used mannequins (either intentional or not) from the ways they were displayed, to how they were transported and discarded.

My obsession hasn’t subsided since then – I have been documenting the mannequins around the region for over ten years. If you’d like to send me some of your favorite mannequin pics, please follow me on Instagram @taratwphoto!