Cem Ersavcı
Cem Ersavcır
Northern Forest
Landscapes attract my attention as a representation of nature and a sign of the codes that people attribute to it. A picture depicting what people have done to it, a relationship between the cultural and the natural, between human and non-human. Today, the northern forests of Istanbul is where you can see this relationship in its most intense, dramatic and fiercest form. About two million trees will be destroyed to build the third bridge and the adjoining roads. The problem is not only the bridge and the roads but also the city’s dangerous expansion towards the north exterminating the regional forests. This has transformed the landscape from a natural scene to the representation of today’s topographies. This new situation emerging with lands being excavated may be read as an interruption in the relationship between nature and culture, and as a corruption of the representation of the natural scene.

“I was born in 1982 in Ankara and graduated from Yıldız Technical University Photography and Video Program in 2007. I participated in the photojournalism workshop of Danish School of Journalism in 2010. In 2011, I completed my master’s study in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Department of Photography with my thesis entitled “Personal Narratives as a Sub-Genre in the Aesthetics of Documentary Photography”. Along with many group exhibitions, I had my solo “İstanbul” exhibition of panoramic photographs in the scope of “İstanbul Express” festival in Gent, Belgium, in 2009. My next exhibition entitled "Gezinmeler/Walkabouts" was displayed in İstanbul GFI in 2012. In 2013, I took part in an intercultural dialogue project called Terreiro de Fronteiras in Brasil. In 2014, a section of my photo-essay "The Edge/Kıyı” was exhibited in Mixer’s Open Space, and another photo- essay of mine, "Outside/Dışarısı" was exhibited as a part of 2014 Mamut Art Project. Soon after, I took part in Mixer’s exhibition “Tomorrow All Alone/Yarın Yapayalnız.” I am living in Istanbul and working as a freelance photographer. I am interested in the present situations rather than daily events. I hope my work would be read in the context of the relationship people establish with the earth.” He left us on the 25th of August 2014.