“I am out. Believe me this will be much better. Didn’t you get tired of being partially me and partially you for more than 60 years? My departure doesn’t mean you’ll be alone. From now on, you are one. One mind, one soul. At least, that’s my wish.”
“Dear Julia” revolves around an at-first-mysterious letter written from Hülya to Julia. The photographic images follows the life in an Aegean island; plants, landscape, women, ruins and the sea… The images start to make sense once the premise is revealed. Hülya and Julia were the same person, just as Gökçeada and Imroz were the same island. As many places in Turkey have another name than their “official” Turkish names, many minorities living in Turkey has a cover Turkish name in addition to their “real” names. In “Dear Julia,” loneliness of an island that lost its inhabitants together with its name and the metaphorical dissociative identity of a person - one representing many - who needs her “cover” name converges on the human landscape of a once multicultural geography.