THIS IS OUR HOME
Turkey is their home. They played upon its streets and alleyways as children. Istanbul is the labyrinth of their upbringing. As adults, they attend Turkish universities in this cosmopolitan city west of the Bosphorus, enlightened and bonding with Istanbulites of all nations.
Yet in their dwellings and upon its thoroughfares, they feel vulnerable, unsettled. Insecure.
Their speech is subtle and brave, an even tenor that emits the worries they feel, the concerns of being Armenian and the consequence it can bring, troubled that this potential discomfort even exists.
Presented together with their portraits, these are places of refuge they love, seeking comfort, a bonding and reaffirmation of self-context. It is in these oasis’ where they connect to the land and themselves.
It is where there is warmth.
This is Our Home is part of the Glazed Time project about Armenians living in Turkey. A photographic collaboration between 4Plus collective in Armenia and Nar Photos Agency Turkey, http://www.4plus.org/glazedtime.