THIS IS A SERIES OF PHOTOS I have been working on for a while from Tarlabası where my studio is. Tarlabası is a neighbourhood around the Taksim district in Istanbul. Back in the 1990s, large numbers of Kurdish immigrants from south-eastern Turkey moved here, mixing with the local Romani population. More recently, it has become home to many immigrants from neighbouring countries.
PHOTOGRAPHY: SILA YALAZAN
WORDS: SILA YALAZAN
It has always been a place that welcomes people who have been neglected by society. It’s a place that raises many questions about human nature, society, and life. For me, like everywhere, people get on with their lives, just in different contexts. I have been very lucky to spend the last 5 years there, on and off between travelling and engaging with this inspiring community.