Bring Him Back to Me, Voodoo I Naz Köktentürk

Bring him back to me, Voodoo
Naz Köktentürk
BLOK art space Çukurcuma
Exhibition: 07.02 – 28.03.2018

With her projects photographer Naz Köktentürk reflects the pain and anger by following the myths and rituals in Islamic and Shaman cultures in Middle East and in Central Asia regions. In her recent works Köktentürk traces another ritual called “Voodoo” which can be traced in a different region, West Africa, especially in the capital of animism Burkina Faso. “Bring him back to me, Voodoo” exhibition includes photographs that were taken during her Burkina Faso visit which is the last stop of the artist’s long term research on “myths and rituals”. With this exhibition Köktentürk examines Voodoo rituals that are constantly confronted in the culture of this region. From the general to personal; artist questions the sorrows, the obsessions but mostly the stories of passion through the symbols of dark magic. Photographer Naz Köktentürk’s solo project exhibition “Bring him back to me, Voodoo” can be visited between 7 February – 28 March 2018 at BLOK art space’s Çukurcuma venue.

“Everything is about a conflict of power.
Passion is flesh.
It says ‘If I can’t have you, no one can’
Makes you pay the price.”

Naz Köktentürk

“Bring him back to me, Voodoo”exhibition is dedicated to the artist photographer Leila Alaoui, who was murdered by the AQMI on January 18, 2016 in Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. One gets killed, other takes the road to uncanny geographies… Another female photographer, documents the women of Burkina Faso, their love, their passion, and their persistence despite all impasses.

Naz Köktentürk is a photographer who has lived in Paris, France for a long time but she is currently working and living in Istanbul. She mostly worked on Middle Eastern-Central Asia region, for countries such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan etc. Köktentürk has created photo projects for many years on social problems, outliners, all minorities, pain and on issues related to the street and war victims.

From her selected projects;

The “Silent Afghanistan” project carried out by the “Photographers Without Borders” was exhibited at the Işık Gallery in Nişantaşı and the photo-book was published in.

The “Do you know Hasankeyf?” project carried out by the “Photographers Without Borders” was exhibited in 2010 at the Rezan Has Museum & the photo-book was published.

The “I am cross with you, I don’t play” project showing the pictures of before, during and after demolition of a neighbor in Istanbul was exhibited in 2014 at the Rezan Has Museum & the photo-book was published.

The “Wakhan Dam-el-Dunya” project carried out by the team was exhibited in 2015 at the Işık Gallery in Nisantasi & the photo-book was published.

In 2015 she collaborated with Mustafa Bilge Satkın on a collaborative photography exhibition called “Burqa I Buzkashi” at BLOK art space, Istanbul. Her series from this exhibition was also exhibited in Turkish Embassy in Kabul.

In recent years, particularly in Afghanistan, she produces awareness projects on impact of the post-war period on people. Also she works with many international medical aid organizations. Also she is an editor for many different publications, writes on art, history and cultural researches on different cities. She is currently working and living in Istanbul, Turkey.