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.
Selected for the Addis Foto Fest 2018 & shortlisted for the Contemporary African Photography Prize 2018.
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.
Beyond the Tracks
A portrait of the Rift Valley Railway workers and their environment in Nairobi, Kenya.
“Shortlist 25” for PhotoWerkBerlin. Exhibition 3rd-29th of November 2015, Berlin, Germany.
These photographs are from an ongoing series of left-over fragments of WWII concentration camps in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Latvia.
California Proposition 19
On November 2nd, 2010 the majority of the new generation of Californian farmers, whose livelihood is supported by growing and selling Marijuana, rejected the idea of the statewide ballot to legalize various marijuana-related activities and triumphed over its defeat.
A visual diary of Brooklyn. A 2006 BAC Community Arts Grant Recipient, a selection of these resulted in a group exhibition in Grand Space and Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, New York.
A collection of rush hour moments of Nairobi’s daily life downtown: People are crossing a bridge close to Nairobi’s main Railway Station.