Ekin Can Göksoy is a writer and a storyteller currently based in Istanbul. Born in 1987 in Bursa, he completed a BSc in Electrical & Electronics Engineering at METU and a MA in Cultural Studies at the İstanbul Bilgi University. He published his first short story book Münhal in 2014 and his first novel Epope Tatavla in 2016 with İletişim Press label. Working on verbal and nonverbal storytelling performances, Göksoy took part in a series of performances, staged in Istanbul and San Francisco since 2017. In 2018, his first exhibition A Chance for a Miracle opened at poşe, an art space in Istanbul. Göksoy is a PhD candidate on urban history at Boğaziçi University History Department.
Set in 1910, Cezbe follows a young, educated but daydreamer and naive son of an Ottoman general, Abdülkerim Bey, who, after a long period of education in Paris, returns to Istanbul with one dream: to be the first private investigator of the Ottoman Empire. He would be drawn into entangled and fervent politics of the Middle East when he takes his first case. During his adventure, he faces many political and religious fanatics and his only companion is a detective novel set in 1543-4 when Ottoman navy wintered at Toulon, which he finds surprisingly relatable. Could naivety overcome fanaticism?
Ekin Can Göksoy is in residence at Camargo from February 25 to April 21, 2020, as part of the Be Mobile-Create Together! program.
Be Mobile-Create Together! is led by the French Institute in Turkey, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ankara, the Goethe-Institut and the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), and is co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey.