the other side of venus  


In the limbo of post-puberty the revelation is the highly sensitive form of vulnerability. Bodily-change and self-confidence go along the dangerous path of realization of one‘s identity. The motif of searching for the stranger and the recognition of self in the other raise the central question of portrait photography: The issue of identity and image.
 I capture these shy moments of young men in Eastern Europe and reinforce, as I put the person depicted in a pathetic ambience. The poetic discussion of the "otherness" is calculus. In some countries being different means fear of ostracization, persecution and discrimination. They look for shelter and security according to a protected place and so they find themselves on the sidelines of vacant, abandoned sites. In the interplay of strong presence and labile emotionality, their individuality in a moment of solitude is stolen. Concise gestures and photographic arrangements solve the singular sensitivity to general codes. All these people are metaphors for authentic emotion.
Posture and facial expressions, natural and existing lighting, sober and sentimental elements give tenderness and poetry to the rooms and also the people gathered in hardness and pathos. Spaces that appear like stages are taken out of context and suggest detailed historical chasms. Thus, the silent film still-like photographs visualize the secret longings of the "protagonists" of a society who are alienated from themselves, as well as the fragile relationship that has become reality through which they move as if hypnotized. Between reality and imagination, these young men revolve around their life-panic as "actors" and solidify contemplative in these portraits.

AMERICANO (2011-2012)

New York, Philadelphia, Massachusetts