A Soviet-Turkish Factory in Anatolia

Sam Hirst










This photograph was taken inside the repair room of the now closed Kayseri Sümerbank Textile Factory, roughly 300 kilometers southeast of Ankara in central Turkey. The statue that towers over the room – purported to date from the 1930s and to have been designed by a Soviet artist – shows a stylized Mustafa Kemal Atatürk participating in the country’s industrialization, a task depicted here in Sisyphean terms.


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