Bird in Flight Prize ‘20 Finalist: Güle Güle
Caimi & PIccinni (Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni), Italy
“Güle Güle” (goodbye in Turkish) is a photographic project focused on the city of Istanbul, a personal account about the profound changes happening in the city and within Turkish society. Gentrification, the marginalization of the poorer classes, the increasing discrimination against homosexuality, the massive migratory influx of Syrian refugees and the problems related to the Kurdish community are just some of the realities behind the subjects portrayed. The photographs are the result of the numerous relationships established with people, while we got gradually involved in a series of different situations. While still following a documentary approach, the series leaves the informative and didactic content of the images in the background in favour of visual immediacy and an open-ended narrative. The use of diptychs represents for us a tool to reveal scenarios otherwise unimaginable, highlighting the complexity of the city and its most hidden details.