The Other Face, Doms

Murat Ayneli

Murat Ayneli

Murat Ayneli

Murat Ayneli

Born in Eyyübiye, a province of Urfa in 1988. Photography turned into a passion for him and in 2010 he started to take photographs for documentation. He took the photos of war victims migrating in the struggle of surviving, portraits and sad stories of people looking for a place to settle. In 2017, he achieve the 1st round success with his photos named ‘’Deq-Dövme’’ (Deq-Tatoo) at 11th Sami Güner Coup. He also continues to document his homeland Şanlıurfa which has the richest human mosaic with its social, cultural, ethnical and architectural structure.

Who comes to your mind when we say "we see us so close and distant to ourselves"?

What we do not see as one of us,

Sometimes dazzling with its beauty, brilliant with their colors, a melody in our souls with its voice and music... Despite all this, the people we marginalized with society patterns.

They appear in an unrealistic representation in many places,, caricatured, full of prejudices and a little humiliation.

Especially, during their nomadic lifestyles and their initial migration, due to their unfaithful habits, they are often portrayed as thieves or crooks, even when art is being made. On the other hand, immigrant histories, exposure to cultural persecution, hereditary traditions would be an explanation of why they are now being so interesting to those who are not themselves. While talking about them, they sometimes tell about mystical wanderers who cleverly twirl tricks from the sleeve of their shirt and make magic tricks with the tip of their finger.

Living to survive brought many aphorisms from them to us. Starting with the legend of "descending from above, they actually tell us about this difficult life when they say "bury me standing, I've been on my knees all my life". Their hopes and joy that they have not lost despite all these difficulties are may be an example for us. They are always in the minority, but they never make an effort to establish a homeland because their indispensable priority; " To protect the freedom to choose a life as they wish.

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