purgatory / araf

In recent years, Kadıköy has become the strongest alternative to what had been lost in other areas in İstanbul such as a sense of freedom, safety, social opportunities and cultural events. Many people, including myself, moved to Kadıköy in search of these things, to create an utopia.  I started to recognize the boundaries of our utopian bubble when I found myself trapped in the same routines, between the same people and same places everyday. Could our utopia have also created our dystopia? Purgatory is a documentation of Kadıköy, this semi-waiting room created by people waiting for a better future, as they shift between heaven and hell, belonging and not-belonging, utopia and dystopia.