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.
The name “212” comes from the area code for Istanbul, but it also happens to be the area code for New York – a piece of misdirection that’s characteristic of the magazine’s ethos: as soon as you try too hard to close in on your subject it has a habit of defying you. Rather than pigeonholing ideas into narrow parameters, 212’s contributors trace connections that will surprise and delight.
This issue is ‘Diversity Now’, - imagining a world in which the barriers and obstacles set by human decisions, and memories imposed on others, are rendered inconspicuous. From the colourful Balogun Street Market in Nigeria to the Kigurumi costumed characters of Japan, we explore different stories and horizons on topics such as gender fluidity, LGBTQI+ rights and racial representation.