Erzähl mir deine Geschichte

As part of the project “Tell me your story” sixteen young refugees aged 14 to 22 were trained in photography and storytelling. Ulaş Tosun conducted the training in September 2016 in Mardin, instructing the young people in the basics of photography. Nilay Yılmaz, who provided the education in storytelling, also wrote short texts interpreting a photo taken by each participant. The photos resulting from these training sessions are exhibited here with the accompanying texts.

Tell me your story

“Tell me your story” is a project of the Goethe-Institut Istanbul with narrative, literary and audio-visual elements. With story-telling techniques, with photography and in interviews, young Syrian refugees tell stories of their time before, during and after the escape from Syria to Turkey. These stories often show evidence of an absurd reality of life, between fragile normality and banal brutality. The stories and testimonies will feature permanently on the website of the Goethe-Institut Turkey. The Goethe-Institut Ankara also hosted an exhibition from December 5th to December 30th 2016, as well as a conference on December 6th 2016.

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