"I was on a path that wended its way between heaviness and lightness in the real and certain existence of the most fundamental things. This path resembles the highly variegated and overlapping tales of Asian literature and I followed it, bitter in the knowledge that I will never achieve lightness. There, I photographed women, men, third-genders, children, pregnant women, peasants, houses, cars, trees and animals. (...)
In the process, I tried to take into account the masculine world and its limits through my female identity. Thus, I show the fragility of manliness by photographing a woman’s hand touching a man, but also by photographing a man who exposes his muscles. In the same way, I show the lightness of a sunflower by photographing “Medusa” in her eternal prison; the eye of tradition by photographing the eye of a peasant behind branches, or the eye of the of the city through a youth who identifies as being a gang member. During my second stay in Tottori, for a week in 2011, my goal was to explore the traces of the space between life and death, by walking through a hospital where people go to die, children’s homes and cemeteries. I therefore want to show cemetery flowers as an characteristic illusion of our industrial era. (...)
In closing, I would like to say that the allusions I make to birth and death, the masculine world, love and the unknown end of life do not mean that I chase after dreams. In the words of Italo CALVINO, ‘Whenever humanity seems condemned to heaviness, I think I should fly like Perseus into a different space. I don’t mean escaping into dreams or the irrational. I mean that I have to change my approach, look at the world from a different perspective, with a different logic and with fresh methods of cognition and verification’.” (Silva BINGAZ)
About the photographer:
Silva BINGAZ a Turkish photographer; she was a student of Antoine d’AGATA and Anders PETERSEN. She lives and works in Istanbul.
Eine absolute Entdeckung ist dieses Resultat einer Japan-Reise dieses türkischen Fotografen, der sichtbar bei Antoine d’AGATA und Anders PETERSEN' in die Schule' gegangen ist.