Hasankeyf

Mustafa Bilge Satkın

Mustafa Bilge Satkın

Mustafa Bilge Satkın

Mustafa Bilge Satkın

Born in 1978. M. Bilge Satkın lives and works in his hometown of Istanbul. He completed his bachelor's and master's degree in the Photography Department at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Marmara University. He received his doctorate degree from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. He has participated in solo and many group exhibitions in diverse countries. His photo reportages that were taken in Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen and Lebanon were published by Anadolu Agency, Middle East Images, Redux Pictures and Getty Images. He currently continues his social documentary projects and works as a photographer at the United Nations Development Programme's (Turkey) projects. He mainly focuses on subjects like social injustice, climate change and migration. He is represented by the Middle East Images photo agency.

This project tells the story of people whose backgrounds are flooded. It has hosted eastern and western civilizations for 12 thousand years; In Mesopotamia, known as the cradle of civilizations, 199 villages are now under water with their livelihood, cultural heritage and nature. Hasankeyf, an open-air museum with many time layers, supplies nine of the ten criteria  for UNESCO's world heritage list. With the impoundment of the Ilısu barrage, agriculture and husbandry, which constitute an important source of income for the people of the region, have reached the level of extinction. In addition, hundreds of endemic species and nearly three hundred archaeological sites have been submerged. Some of the people living in the region have been settled in newly built residential areas. The other part had to migrate to big cities due to decreasing job opportunities.

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