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‘WE ARE REA’ focuses on LGBTQIA+ and female subjects who are directly affected by Turkey's conservative structure. Religiousand political ‘ethics’ mostly shaped by Turkey's geographical location, have always been decisive in the body politics carried outto this day. Physical and psychological violence, oppression in all areas of life, authorities ignoring their existence are the mainreasons for the ‘non self-realization’ of these people. The traumas created by the authorities force these people to seek saferspaces and open up spaces where they can realize themselves.In this series, the concept of deformation is used as a phenomenon of destruction and reconstruction. Due to the traumascaused by the strict body politics of conservatism in Turkey, the urge for destruction and reconstruction becomes determinativewithin the technique of the series. In order to hold onto one’s life after experiencing trauma, safely sustain one’s existence, andopen space for oneself, it is inevitable to undergo destruction. Equally to microcosms (safe space) that individuals create whileseeking freedom in their daily lives, the post-destruction random disorderliness in this project achieves its inner order. In thisconcept, the produced series both technically and narratively identifies with the urge for destruction and reconstruction.‘We Are Rea’ borrows it’s name from Robert Heinecken's experimental darkroom series ‘Are You Rea’ (1964-68), in which hecriticizes the beauty standards imposed by the daily mass media. ‘We Are Rea’ reinterprets the questions brought to the fore byHeinecken, taking into consideration the field of struggle that keeps changing, developing and being more inclusive up to day.

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