I was born in Bazit (Doğubayazıt). Using the camera of my older brother I started to take pictures in 1994. Though I am Kurdish and most of my life I have lived among the Kurds I cannot fluently speak the Kurdish language. Therefore, the camera opened new ways of comunication for me. My pictures tell stories about people, their culture and the surrounding world. Since the 90s I have followed the changes that took place in Kurdish society. When I started taking pictures people were very open and friendly to me and my camera, now I meet a lot of distrust. I was busy with photography in Eastern Turkey and Syria but Doğubayazıt is a special point on my map. It is a place I always return to. The most fascinating for me is the moment of history that discloses itself before and after the click of the shutter. Doğubayazıt is a place that provides the continuity for my stories. However, photography does not allow me to tell the whole story, sometimes there is not even a good moment to take out the camera. Sometimes I simply prefer to sit and chat with people in order to understand their story.
Wêne, em bi xwe ne
Photography is what we are