Six photographers from, or connected to, the Gulf region travelled to Turkey from 12 - 23 May 2016. There they collaborated with local photographers and arts initiatives in Istanbul, Cappadocia and Ankara and explored the theme of "migration" under the mentorship of Turkish visual artist Merve Ünsal who acted as Project Mentor.
During their time in Istanbul, the team met and had portfolio reviews with conceptual artist and photographer Orhan Cem Çetin, Kerimcan Guleryuz, Owner & Director of The Empire Project and Cemre Yesil, photographer and Founder of Fil Books, visited the studio of artist-photographer Ali Taptık, heard talks from prominent photographers, artists and curators such as Bikem Ekberzade, Özge Ersoy, Zeynep Beler, Beril Gür, and Sevim Sancaktar at cultural institutions including Istanbul Modern and collectorspace. The team also explored and photographed Istanbul's picturesque Prince's Islands with members of Geniş Açı Project Office (GAPO) and NAR Photos.
They then travelled to Cappadocia where they enjoyed a sunrise hot air balloon trip and visits to the famous volcanic landscape of fairy chimneys and underground cities with photographer Ahmet Özyurt, as well as working on their own personal projects.
At the end of their time in Turkey, the participants worked with Ankara-based collective Ka Atölye to put on an exhibition of their work and to produce a publication based on this year's theme. The theme was interpreted literally by some of the artists, thinking about moving bodies from place to place, while others remixed their own cultures and backgrounds to produce new visual languages.
All photographs from the team’s time in Turkey can be found by clicking here and the video trailer can be found by clicking here.