Women of Turkey Through Women’s Eyes

A great exhibition that I recently saw at Istanbul Modern brings together photographs by Turkish photographers belonging to the Nar Photos collective. Established just over 10 years ago, Nar Photos celebrates documentary photography and aims to record various conditions of human life. The On the Road exhibition at Istanbul Modern (if you find yourself in Istanbul before November 9, I strongly recommend you go) displays images that present a panorama of events which took place in Turkey’s history and thus act as a sort of collective memory of the recent past. Not satisfied with the 75 odd photographs I saw at the exhibition, I came home to peruse the Nar Photos archive and discover its riches. Although, disappointingly, there are only four female photographers out of 18 members, the photographs by the female artists are tremendous. Not surprisingly, many of the images taken by the female photographs depict the plight of women in Turkey. They say a picture speaks 1,000 words… Enjoy!

Aylin Kizil

Photo: Aylin Kızıl

Aylin Kizil–4

Photo: Aylin Kızıl

Aylin Kizil–3

Photo: Aylin Kızıl

Fatma Celik_3

Photo: Fatma Çelik

Fatma Celik_5

Photo: Fatma Çelik

Fatma Celik_4

Photo: Fatma Çelik

Fatma Celik

Photo: Fatma Çelik

Women Gather For Peace

Photo: Gülşin Ketenci

8th March International Womens Day

Photo: Gülşin Ketenci

Protests on Nusaybin Border

Photo: Serpil Polat

Serpil Polat_3

Photo: Serpil Polat

Serpil Polat

Photo: Serpil Polat

Dersim Military Post

Photo: Serpil Polat

Main image photo by Gülşin Ketenci. All photos courtesy of Nar Photos. 

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