Emine Gozde Sevim
Emine Gozde Sevim was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1985. In 2001, she earned a scholarship to continue her education in the United States. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bard College (NY) in 2008, where she studied with Gilles Peress, Stephen Shore, Barbara Ess, and An-My Lê.
Since 2007, Sevim embarked on creating an “alternative” Middle-Eastern visual narrative in the context of post-9/11 era. Her maternal family had left Kabul, Afghanistan in 1975, where Sevim returned to visit with her Afghan grandfather in 2007, following the U.S. invasion. Since then, she has worked in Palestine, in Turkey and in Egypt as continuation of a comprehensive project about “lives-in-passing” in contested geographies. In an attempt to expand beyond the religio-political descriptions of life in the region, Sevim’s visual narrative deals with existentialist complexities of provincial daily realities in the context of current historical transitions.
Her on-going body of work about the Middle East has been included in various exhibitions and publications internationally and has won numerous international awards and recognitions. Her first book project was shortlisted for the coveted MACK’s First Book Award in London (2014) and as a result was added to the National Media Museum Collection in Bradford, U.K. Sevim is also one of the 11 photographers who received a grant from the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund in 2015, in support of her most recent body of work from Turkey, “Homeland Delirium”.
She currently divides her time between New York and the Middle East.
2016 - PDN 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch, 2016 - Visura Photojournalism Grant, Honorable Mention, 2015 - Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grant, 2014 - Conscientious Blog Porfolio Prize Winner, 2014 - MACK First Book Award - finalist
- Still life
- Video capture
- Video editing