The Tarlabasi district, a place that is at once at the heart of the Istanbul and at the same time
on the outside looking in. While representing the great heritage of Istanbul's former years, the
fate of the site has changed in recent times and become known as a locus of migration.
Tarlabasi is a melting pot of different cultures. For many, the district is the first stop toward a
dream of life in a big city-- a place for those chasing the Dream City, but who find themselves
lost in the dream of city life. This exhibition serves as a visual journey through the streets of
the Heaven End, following the traces of life and death, beauty and misery, sorrow and
optimism, and finally, darkness and light. Firmly intertwined, these contrasts show the fine line
between a feeling of here and nowhere in Tarlabasi.
Born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1978, where he lives and works. Göksin Varan is a
freelance photographer focusing on personal projects about city fact and its
social-psychological surroundings. He started working on “Heaven’s End” project
in 2002 in the Tarlabaşı district in the heart of the İstanbul and at the same time
was on the outside, looking in the city. Following these traces, his latest project
“Dawn Breeze” is about the labyrinth of cities diary formy. He is a member and
co-founder of the photographic collective “Photoaraf”.