The Refugee

From the special edition of Refugees magazine dedicated to the 1951 Geneva Convention: A refugee is a person with a “well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion…” – Article 1A (2) of the Geneva Convention.

The Photographer

Bikem Ekberzade (born in Istanbul, Turkey, 1971) is a Turkish multi-media journalist, photojournalist and documentary photographer. After her high school education in Istanbul, she went to the United States where she received a bachelor’s degree in Management from Boston University. During her studies she worked on development projects for NGOs such as Oxfam America and…

The Book(s)

Illegal (Yasadisi) was published, in Turkish on March 2006.  Due to pressing demand, the English version of the book has been published online and given free access in 2015. A book of photography, Illegal tells the stories of two women, illegal refugees, trying to survive in Istanbul. Turkey, with its membership to the European Union pending, was one of…

The Film

Refugees is a 33 minute short film/slideshow edited with hundreds of the still photographs from The Refugee Project. Screenings have taken place in Istanbul, Lucania/Italy and in Winnipeg Canada on several occasions. It supports the exhibit and the various installations the photographs partook in. TRP and Bikem would like to thank the music groups who…

The Exhibit(s)

The Refugee Project has been exhibited many times in different countries. Most notable of those are listed here: Life After Kosovo: Refugees in Northern Albania A UNHCR sponsored exhibit in Istanbul, Turkey (Feb. ’99) Kosovo’s Children Doubletake Magazine, Issue 17 Joint Exhibit on Politics and Conflict House of Docs, 2002 Sundance Film Festival The Refugee…

Crossings

Crossings is the final leg of The Refugee Project. It is a mammoth text written by Bikem and placed on a single photograph she took off the coast of Turkey in September 2015. The photograph depicts a deflated dinghy, one of the many rubber boats sunk in the Aegean as refugees and migrants risked their…