Who are you and who do you want to become? And what if you had to reinvent yourself? In A New Beginning, photographer Cigdem Yuksel works with young people who, after their flight to the Netherlands, go in search of their (new) identity. The young people express themselves with tattoos, poems, rap or Instagram posts. They look cool and tough, but they are also fragile. Together with Cigdem they started looking for a way to tell their story.
Cigdem asked them what they feel when they think back to their journey, when they think about their fears, nightmares, the loss of their parents. What image, shape and color do they envision? How would they portray that? But she also looks at their future with the young people. How do they see themselves, now and later? Where do they get strength and pleasure from?
It resulted in an outdoor exhibition and a series of multimedia stories (in Dutch).
The outdoor exhibition ‘A new beginning’ can be seen at Spui, Hofweg and Buitenhof in The Hague until 6 May.
After The Hague, the exhibition travels to other locations in the country. In June it can be seen in Amsterdam. Do you want to know where else you can view it? Sign up for the newsletter and we will keep you informed!