by Savas Boyraz
Ben u Sen Quarter,
Diyarbakir City, Turkey
February - May 2009
Diyarbakir, the largest city in southeastern Turkey, has suffered from war in
the region for the past thirty years. Ben u Sen, a district of Diyarbakir, is
inhabited mostly by people who are affected by the war; the population is predominantly
Kurdish. They were the ones who had nothing when they were forced to leave their
villages. The ancient wall, dating back to Roman times, gave shelter to the
people who lost everything.
The Project aims to enhance understanding by visually portraying the people
living in Ben u Sen. How does life flow in this huge camp under the shade of
the city walls? Who lives there? How do they look when we come face to face
with them? How would we look in their eyes? It, thus, aims to provide an inevitable
encounter with the alienated and omitted ones.