Photo story: Distant I

A Horse called 'Comrade' and an old friend of it, December 2014, Dersim (Kom News/Haydar Tastan)

By Haydar Tastan*

Dersim. Officially, Tunceli. It is a city that has never compromised with the state and the predominating establishment, since the early Republican period. It is a city that is distant to the dominant religion, the dominant language and culture. It has a different language, religion, culture and even its name is different. Dersim is a city that has been the stage of a perpetual clash between the government and guerilla forces for the past 40 years. It is lofty, it is cold and it is distant.

*Haydar Tastan is a photographer based in Turkey.