BREATHTAKING AND HEARTBREAKING IMAGES BY EMEL KARAKOZAK WHO CAPTURED THE FATE OF SYRIAN REFUGEES IN TURKEY IN HER PHOTO STORY “NYLON SHELTERS”
■ text and photos by Emel Karakozak
Emel Karakozak was born in Mut in 1974. Her adventure in photography was started in high school years and later was matured who participated in many group exhibitions, received awards in various national and international competitions and also was a jury member in many photography competitions.
Living in Adana, she is the first woman in Turkey who has EFIAP/g title and who opened first personal exhibition “Lotus” in 2010 in Adana Sabancı Fine Art Gallery. She opened her second personal exhibition opened in Istanbul Artgalerim.
“Visuallity is my predominant side … I have used photo language and I love this medium. Maybe it does not contain letters, brushes, and hammer blows, but it has a scene and fiction in its own world … Neither nature nor people; has an integrity and continuity formed by a continuous chain. Everything is aimed to understand the whole. Life and death which described at the same time in my bipolar photography is an example of my hybrid expression.”
The studies held by civil society organisations show that today the number of the Syrians immigrated to Turkey is more than two million. Almost 75% of this number are women and children. 200,000 live in the 17 camps which were set in 8 different cities close to the border, the rest is trying to continue their life with their own chances outside the camps.
Most of the immigrants are going through huge problems in important issues like sheltering, basic needs, health, education while they are searching for a life in cities close to the border and they live a life far from humane living conditions.
Resulting from the desperation and the deprivation they experience, the children are begging on the streets. A great part of these immigrants needs to work in order to live. Although they have a residence permit, they are unable to work according to the official regulations, but that does not stop them from working and makes them cheap workforce for the employers.
11 million Syrians had to immigrate because of the war that’s going on. As a result, immigrant Syrian workers are sharing the same fate with the other immigrants who are trying to face the heavy living conditions in different parts of the world.