The project is ongoing.
Imagine leaving the house only ten times in a whole year. The author was left behind: sour but kind. “I Won’t Be Upset If You Forget Me” is a story about clinging to İstanbul — to survive and rediscover life.
Acıyı hisset, benimle dans et!* — From She Past Away's 2012 song Ritüel (Ritual).

Everything in this story takes place in an apartment in İstanbul.

The past is a strange place; we are dealing with a dark, distorted dream. It's 2019. The author seeks melancholic moments; serene, dreary, and sometimes chilling — often restless, but also loving. But also, the body of work documents nothing.

In this universe, nothing happens. Because we are in a room; in fact, we have been here for the past twelve months. A deep depression: the outside life becomes inside, photographs that were taken in those rare outings become life itself.

Now, the city is the room. We are following a sequence. The author's symbiotic but also ambivalent relationship with the city is apparent. But who is being forgotten here; the photographer, or the city? Who is uttering these words?

We are left with a guess. The author must be going somewhere: perhaps, leaving the room. It's 2021.
* Feel the pain, dance with me!
December 2021