Helsinki Photography Biennial 27.3.–14.5.2014


Barbaros Kayan’s Occupy Taksim in Public Spaces in Helsinki

Barbaros Kayan‘s Occupy Taksim (2013) series consists of photographs taken during the Gezi Park resistance movement that took place in Istanbul in the spring of 2013.

The events started when the trees in the park were under threat to be cut down in connection to the building of a new shopping center. As tension mounted and the mainstream media’s coverage was biased, many independent photographers decided to take action in order to document the facts and inform the public about these incidents that Kayan himself experienced both as a photographer and an environmental activist.

Barbaros Kayan (b. 1982, Turkey) is a documentary photographer and multimedia artist who focuses on social events and state politics. Using reality as his instrument, his works often feature motion and streets.

Kayan’s series of photographs is on display in public spaces in Helsinki at the Central Railway Station, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte’s Hippolyte Corridor, on the facade of The Finnish Museum of Photography, and Restaurant Hima & Sali at the Cable Factory.

Barbaros Kayan: From the series Occupy Taksim, 2013