Born in Ankara, Turkey |
Mehmet grew up in a closed environment, away from relatives and neighbours. He was an individualist living in a communal society, always feeling at odds with his environment, and he says his sense of community wasn’t really developed until “very late in… life”. Then a friend of Mehmet’s, who was working as a journalist was shot to death. This was when Mehmet knew he needed to leave, and six months later he left for Halifax after being accepted to University. A little over a year ago he moved to Toronto to find better job opportunities.
“Toronto is more like a factory of lost souls and I’m one of them. We make this cold machine work.”
Currently, Mehmet who likes to keep a lot of his life private, explains that if he had to define his ‘profession’, “art would be the shortcut answer”.
Toronto as Home
Mehmet lives in what seems to be organized chaos. His apartment houses his camera equipment, provocative pieces of art, and a wide range of literature which he says is actually just a small selection of his actual collection. He chose a smaller and older neighbourhood in Toronto, because when he sees something old, it reminds him of Turkey. He says a lot of Toronto is ‘ultra-new’ which takes away from the city’s sense of history.
Connection with the Past
Mehmet keeps these old photographs he bought from an old book store in Istanbul.
“I don’t even know who they are, but I know we are connected.”
The people in these photographs inhabited Istanbul sometime in the past, and this fascinates him.