Abelardo
Nevzat YILDIRIM
Orphan Girls
It is recorded that more than two hundred million children around the world from Middle East to Africa, from Asia to Europe are left orphans due to wars, environmental issues, illnesses and such reasons, and more than three million new orphans and abandoned children are added to this number every year.
For these series of photography the artist took trips to countries such as Malawi, South Africa, Iraq, Yemen, Uganda, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Thailand and Sudan respectively, by staying in these countries for at least one week. He tried to feel spirits and lives of these children while playing games in orphanages and staying under the same roof with these abandoned children in some countries.
Considering all factors, girls will be mothers who shape the future and our environment, and that’s why as an artist and human, he hopes that these works of art will compel us to reconsider this fact. By looking at photos in this project, viewers can give answers in an inner and continuous dialogue about themselves.
What about you? Have you ever made an orphan smile with love and compassion to make our world better and more livable? Have your ever said “You are one of my children!” by embracing them?
Biography:
Nevzat Yildirim was born in 1987 in Adapazari, Turkey. In 2010 he had graduated with honours from the Photography and Graphic Arts department of Fine Arts faculty of the Kocaeli University. The same year Nevzat was selected as a winner of the "Young Photographers Award" in the "Moon and Stars Project" organized in the U.S.A. by the American Turkish Society. His works had been accepted into photo collection of one of the world's most prestigious museums in the States: the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In 2015 he had obtained his MA degree from the Department of Photography of the Institute of Fine Arts at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts. In addition, he had received over 40 awards from national and international photography competitions and his works can be found in private collections. Currently, Nevzat Yıldırım continues to work on numerous photographic documentary and contemporary art projects, and since 2010 he has been teaching photography at various universities. The exhibitions that he had participated in:
2016- International art fair ‘Artist Istanbul’ in group exhibition "Digital Obscura" of Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Istanbul
2015- International art fair ‘Artist Istanbul’ in group exhibition "Digital Obscura" of Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Istanbul
2014 - Photo Contest photo exhibition”Urbanization" by Hahnemühle at the CKM Art Gallery, Istanbul
2014- International art fair ‘Artist Istanbul’ in group exhibition "Digital Obscura" of Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Istanbul
2010 – The "Young Photographers Award" from the photo contest of the ‘Moon and Stars Project’ organized by the American Turkish Society at the House of Photography, Istanbul
2010 - The 14th State Photo Exhibition Cermodern Ankara at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Ankara