Both Far and Near Kyrgyzstan

Özge Aslankara

Özge Aslankara

Özge Aslankara

Özge Aslankara

She was born in Denizli in 1984. Se is a graduate of Gazi University Econometrics. She raised her passion for photography, which she started in 2014, to a professional level in 2018 with the membership of DEFSAD (Denizli Photography Art Association). She made many group and individual trips to take photos. She participated in many exhibitions and presentations depending on Defsad. The main ones are; March 8 International Women's Day Exhibition in Merkezefendi Cultural Center, Minimal Exhibition in Turan Bahadır Exhibition Hall, Dreams Exhibition whose work has been completed but postponed due to the process we live in. She received exhibition, degree and honorable mention in many national and international photo contests.

It is very near to us in terms of culture, but very far away geographical. The land of our ancestors. The heart of Middle Asia. One of the 7 independent Turkish States. The country where the Manas epic was born, where smiling people live, where the God Mountains are breathtaking. The country that continues its nomadic life on the silk road, where the horse means the meaning of life, not a riding object, that has been on horseback through their lives, shooting arrows, and taming eagles. The 40-armed yellow sun of the "boz-üy"s known as Oba, 40 manas epics, 40 independent Turkish tribes; The courage of the red living in the Kyrgyz nomad tents with the symbols representing it, and the yellow sun; The country in which it expresses peace and wealth.

In the lands I always wanted to go, see and feel; I brought to you the places I saw, loved and of course felt, with my photo frames. Traveling by horse, the Kyrgyz youth shooting arrows, and the sun with 40 arms when I look at the ceiling in the nomad tent I stayed. I could not bring the coolness of the police station and Songül, but for every Kyrgyz man who was martyred, I brought the feeling of the horseshoes hung on the monument.

And I wanted to share them with you, to be an intercultural bridge, to explain what my pen is writing by pressing the shutter button. Feel it, I'm shooting!

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