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Thin Air

July 2023 - June 2024

"Memories carry meanings that only a certain reading can provide. Like notes that remain as spots without a key." (Bilge Karasu - Ode to Pomegranate and Fig)

The photographs in the Thin Air project bespeak of a time that began in 2018 at a construction site and continued through disasters such as forest fires, floods and earthquakes, while encapsulating the illnesses, separations and losses endured by the photographer and his relatives. including matters and places such as a hole -if a person passes through, it is believed that they are pure in heart, feet of an extinct volcano, a lake, a forest on the verge of destruction, a horse, a child's summer vacation with her mother and a grandmother's way of embracing her own tribulations… create an archive where such different moments and occurrences intertwine within each other.

Through the methods he has developed in form, technique, and material, Cemil Batur Gökçeer creates photographs where questions such as who, where remain unanswered but one that allows a multi-layered and transitional perception. Thin Air is an exhibition project conceived in 3 parts and exhibitions; in which the archive of these photographs will form its own narrative, spanning from past to the present

Cemil Batur Gökçeer

Born in 1981 in Ankara Gökçeer started his photography practice with documentary projects in regions where social injustices were at the forefront (2004 - 2010). Facing the inevitable instrumentalization that the medium implements on its subjects in a documentarian context, this period has played a significant role in shaping his works since 2010.

During his participation in Reflexions Masterclass (2011 – 2012), World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass (2012) and Borderlines Project organized by ISSP and GAPO (2012-2013) he started to investigate new forms in photographic expression. He exhibited respectively “Düğüm”(2012, Torun, Ankara), “En Yakın İhtimal” (2014, The Empire Project, İstanbul), “Parazit” (2015, Torun), “Şşt” (2016, The Empire Project) as solo shows, designed and self-published “Düğüm” (2017), “Mağara Albino” (2019) books.

Cemil Batur Gökçeer is among the founders of Torun, a non-profit artists run space in Ankara. He took a variety of responsibilities in the initiative’s collective and volunteer based activities. (2012-2019).

This page is published on 7 December 2023.