Ali Saltan
Ali Saltan
Other Side of the River
The photography project Other Side of the River; while focusing on the border experience of the villagers from Bagaran (Armenia) and Halıkışlak (Turkey) that are stationed along the riverbank of Arpaçay/Ahuryan and Araks/Aras, discusses the physical and cultural state of being both close and far of “the other side”. In an atmosphere of communication based on voices and the presence of the imposed visualization regarding to those voices, this body of work aims to bring the other side of the river into view. On the other hand curiosity fed by daily life practices and myths and consolidated by fear and uncanniness is within the scope of work. In a sense, this body of work aims to contribute to the pursuit of understanding, facing fears and history and developing a common language between the societies of Turkey and Armenia.

Biography
Born in 1982 Aşkale/Erzurum, Turkey. Sociologist/Photographer He got his BA from Mimar Sinan University of Fine Art Department of Sociology in 2006, and MA from Ankara University Branch of Women Studies in 2010. He is currently a doctoral student in Kocaeli University Communication Sciences. Since 2005, he produces documentary photographic works and photo- reportage lectures and writes on photography. His works include; Sokak Toplayıcıları, Novemedli Kadın Direnişçiler, Çadırkent Ankara: Tekel İşçileri, Bordertrip, Merhabarev/Kars-Gümrü, Van’ı Mültecileri, Nehrin Öteki Yakası, İstanbul’un Artığı.