Though Gezi Park movement has not become a tangible political revolution by definition, it resulted in a discourse on the core principals of Turkish identity. The long-standing definitions of being Turkish, the national pride, have been called to question. Through an inclusive popular movement, there is a paradigm shift in the definition of what it means to be a Turk in this moment in history. In the wake of the birth of this new Republic, as a nation is forced to re-evaluate its most fundamental principals, my aim is to capture the texture of this transition as an unfolding process.
Emine Gozde Sevim (b. 1985 in Istanbul, Turkey) arrived in the United States as a scholarship student in high school where she first began learning about the photographic medium in 2001. She then graduated from Bard College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography, Sociology and International Relations. During her college years, Sevim studied old and new photographic traditions with Gilles Peress, Stephen Shore, An-My Lê and Barbara Ess. As a result of her developing interest in the convergence between film/video and photography, she began experimenting with multimedia storytelling. Her first "photo-roman" piece was exhibited as part of a group exhibition "Stage Sight" in the Opera House of Hudson, in upstate New York in 2007. For her undergraduate thesis exhibition, she created a multimedia film entitled "In Search of Audra Prokofiev", along side of a photographic exhibition with the same title in 2008 at Bard College's Woods Gallery. Following graduation, Sevim was invited to work with photographers of the Magnum Photos Agency in New York. Between 2008 and 2012, she assisted Bruce Gilden, Gilles Peress, and Susan Meiselas on various independent photographic projects in field research, studio production, exhibitions, and multimedia storytelling assignments for international venues. In 2010, Sevim joined Marco Bischof, filmmaker and director of the Werner Bischof Estate in Switzerland, in the development of the MagnumTime project of the Magnum Foundation, a non-linear interactive oral history project on photographic traditions where she worked as cinematographer and associate producer. In 2007, Sevim embarked on an on-going body of work across the Middle East, "The Believers", about life in contested geographies of the region. Her photographs from Afghanistan were exhibited at New York University as part of a panel discussion on Afghan identity in the U.S. in 2009. In 2011, she began photographing in Egypt to document life in transition since the fall of former president Hosni Mubarak. As of 2012, Sevim began merely focusing on her photographic projects in Egypt and across the Middle East. She currently divides her time between New York and Cairo.