After the exhibition on the Mercatorplein (Amsterdam, NL) in June, Cigdem Yuksel's photography can now be seen under the Brooklyn Bridge during the famous photo festival from Sept 18- Dec 1.
For this project, Cigdem worked with young people who, after their flight to the Netherlands, go in search of their (new) identity. The young people express themselves with tattoos, poems, rap or Instagram posts. Together they went looking for a way to tell their story. Cigdem asked them what they feel when they think about their journey, when they think about their fears, nightmares, the loss of their parents. What image, shape and color do they envision? How would they portray that? She also looks to the future with the young people. How do they see themselves, now and later? Where do they get strength and pleasure from?
New York is certainly not within reach, but the online stories of A new beginning are! Discover them here.
A new beginning is a production by Prospektor and is part of the transmedia project Shadow Game about child refugees traveling alone in Europe. Melkweg Expo presents A new beginning together with Jenny Smets, United Photo Industries and with the support of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. A new beginning has been made possible by Free Press Unlimited, Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten, Fonds ZOZ, BNG Cultuurfonds and VluchtelingenWerk Nederland.