Izmir is widely regarded as one of the most progressive Turkish cities in terms of its values, lifestyle, dynamism and gender roles. Nevertheless, unfortunately in large quantities nomadic gypsy refugee families (approximately 2500 people) still live in nylon or cardboard dwellings in several zones of Izmir. They work as junkman, basketware, porter, peddler, peon in the informal sectors. This project is realised in 2009 in three camps at Izmir city area. One of them is near the city center (in the red-line) and the others in suburbs of the city. In 2007, one of these camps is entitled as “Ethiopia of Turkey” at a Turkish daily newspaper and Roma citizens who live in this camp had invited the Turkish Prime Minister to testify the struggle for survival and improve their living conditions. So far no one did and did not change fundamentally.
Societal issues troubling me every so often, and sometimes my own dilemmas… Lies in the foundation of all a moral and humanitarian urge to question, shaped by one’s own ideologies. Indubitably to me, starting off with strong concepts devoid of mass-market meretriciousness, putting them in a story line and choosing the right material to ensure a firm expression make up the indispensable principles. I maintain that a photographer, and naturally his work, can not be deprived of a reflection of his ideology. In a sense, your ideology is a prime source of your stance in life. Of course, fine art can result even without these concerns, but to me, art requires a process where life is taken more seriously. In my opinion unbiased art, or artist, can not really exist.
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