Müstesna Records’ VA “shelTer” album with the contributions of 25 artists willing to provide financial support for creating national and international awareness about the trans murders and trans suicides in Turkey, where has the highest trans murder rate in Europe. Its income will be transferred to “Eylül Cansın Trans Guest House" which was founded by the Istanbul LGBTI Solidarity Association and named after Eylül Cansın, a transgender person who committed suicide January 2015, was accommodating 11 people almost all of whom have immigration experiences until its closure due to infrastructural and security reasons. Eylül Cansın Trans Guest House, which is in search of a new place, aims to move quickly and then to evolve into a system, with a policy that will strengthen its guests, in which anyone can live without a need of the guesthouse. The ”shelTer” album will generate income for the guesthouse to find a new home and a healthier environment after renting, repairing and so on. It also aims to raise national and international awareness that Trans murders and suicides are political.
**About Guest*House / Misafir*Hane
The photobook “Guest*House” is supported by the Consulate General of the Netherlands Istanbul, introducing photos taken by Ömer Tevfik Erten at the Trans Guesthouse. The guest house was opened by the Istanbul LGBTT Solidarity Association in 2013 for trans individuals who have no place to stay and were subjected to violence. The book includes a magical realist story titled ‘Unravelling A Riddle’ written by Dutch-Turkish author Defne Çizakça, in the memory of Hande Kader, the trans woman activist whose burnt body was found in the woods near Istanbul. The book is designed by Merve Deniz.
The video is prepared in the memory of Çingene Gül, a trans woman murdered in her house in Istanbul in 2014. It gives us a peek at the guests of the guest house’s search for safe space and the struggle for the sustainability of the guest house.