Are You Calling Me a Dog? - Kenya
The project ‘Are You Calling Me A Dog?’ reimagines the history of the Mau Mau resistance in Kenya. In 1963 Kenya achieved independence after a long struggle for liberation that involved men and women mostly from the Kikuyu ethnicity or Nation. Nearly sixty years later, no real liberation occurred and the heroes of that time are now slowly disappearing. A great part of the colonial settlers stayed and integrated the society and the men and women who fabricated the Mau-Mau liberation fight have been forgotten by the new generations.
A selection of this work will be displayed at the RAUTENSTRAUCH-JOEST-MUSEUM in Cologne for the "RESIST! The art of resistance" exhibition from November 2020- May 2021
Plastic Flowers Dancing in Russia's Backyard - Tajikistan
These photographs are selected from a project examining contemporary Tajikistan. Bordering Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, today it is the poorest of the former Soviet republics. It’s eastern mountains, the second highest in the world, cover almost half of Tajik territory yet contain only three percent of the population. In the valleys of these remote mountains live the Pamiri people, who have retained their distinctive culture, and in many ways remain autonomous from mainstream Tajikistan.
Shot on assignment and published for the GIZ in conjunction with the Tourism office De Pamiri and the “Roof of the World Festival”/Music Magazine.
In Kenya the use of uniforms is widely spread, accepted and rooted in the culture. The definition of Uniform has many shades:
1/ a particular set of clothes that has to be worn by the members of the same organization or group of people.
2/ having always the same form, manner, or degree: not varying or variable
3/ consistent in conduct or opinion
4/ of the same form with others: conforming to one rule or mode
5/ consonant, presenting an unvaried appearance of surface, pattern, or colour
Exhibition: 17th of October -16th of December 2016, Nairobi, Kenya.
The Itching Hijab
“I carry two worlds within me
but neither one whole
they’re constantly bleeding
the border runs
right through my tongue” Doppelmann by Zafer Şenocak.
This project is the result of the search for family from Istanbul to Germany - a selection was exhibited at the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, New York.
Underwater New York
Photographs of artifacts found in and around the waters of New York. Shot, published and exhibited in New York for underwaternewyork.com – an online digital journal for writing, art and music.