Ali Haydar YEŞİLYURT
CHAD: THE HEART OF AFRICA
I never responded any writing offers from my curators in my national or international exhibitions. Including my book published by Warsaw Fine Arts University in 2016, actually, I evaded them all by saying “All my words are in my photos…”.
Chad is different. Neither London where I lived nor Paris where I ply between, Rome where I admire, India where I am filled with the sun, changed and directed my life as Africa have ever done. I realized that all my concerns before this trip were not real concerns for me.
The geography, which electricity is supplied only for four hours to 1,5% of the population, has villages of which gold mines are exploited for years by imperial powers through ages, and in which civil wars made them fight each other. Terrified, screaming faces as you have never seen before…
When you open a map, Chad stands in the middle of Africa. That’s why, in the beginning of my trip, I thought that I was going to the core of Africa. And when I was returning, I thought I was leaving the heart of Africa behind.
I don’t know if I can reach up to the fineness of Diane Arbus. As a photographer who took so many lessons from the dignity of connections she got with her models, I yearn for finding the beauty in the notion called “the other”.
I am searching for snowdrops in the coldest time of the winter. Every color I see is my paternal sibling…
Ali Haydar Yesilyurt (born in Turkey, Ordu) – photographer and filmmaker.
In 2016 he got MBA degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University (London School of Commerce). His Final project’s subject was “Next generation ‘filmmaking’: new markets, new methods and new business models”.
He has made two short movies – first in 2010 in Istanbul “Rose is Dying” (14 min.) and next four years later in 2014 in London “Snapshot Love” (11 min.).
Artist has several documentary photo projects performed around the world including “Dear India” (2009) and “Heart of Africa” (2013). The most important project “Face of Europe” is ongoing – photos of everyday street life of 24 European countries.
During his career he worked with many world-known person – portraits of Tony Blair, Claudia Cardinale, Fazil Say are among artist’s works.
His works has been exhibited in several countries; the last personal exhibition took place in 2015 in Warsaw in Faculty of Media Arts, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Artworks exhibited during this exhibition were printed as hard cover book.
Artist works has gained several international awards. In 2010 his project “Face of Europe” has been awarded by Photo World Academy (Turkey) as “The best international social documentary photo project”.