Moving Portraits by Barbaros Kayan

In the year 2014, because of the constant clashes in the region, a big wave of immigrants came from the town of Kobani in Syria towards the Turkish border.

In the year 2014, because of the constant clashes in the region, a big wave of immigrants came from the town of Kobani in Syria towards the Turkish border.

As a photographer living in the region, I went there and documented the situation. I’d captured the images for an international media and I was very glad. However, upon returning home, I recognized that there was in fact a big distance between me and the people I’ve photographed. I was disturbed and I felt dissatisfied.

A few months later, I went back to the region. I visited the refugee camps. I had direct contact with adults and children, who have been away from their homes for months. Their common concern was how hard would it be to start anew a life in their destroyed towns. Then I decided that I had to make a last journey to complete my project. I crossed the border discretely to Kobani and documented the situation there.

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Houses totally wrecked, hopeless waiting in the refugee camps… this story had to be told without unnecessary complication, with simplicity but differently. In the series, which had two levels, I cut the portraits of the refugees in camps. I removed their bodies and added views from their hometowns that they want to return back some day.

About Barbaros Kayan

Barbaros Kayan is a graduate in Visual Communication Design with honors from İstanbul Bilgi University in Istanbul (2004). Kayan is a freelance documentary photographer and a multimedia artist. He focuses on social events, state politics, being in motion and streets in his works. He uses reality as a means. With his preferences about colour, saturation and moments; he aims to hint the author’s existence. [Official Website[ Credit: Barbaros Kayan / MOKU Stories ]

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