Poetic and Surreal, Photos Show a Country in Flux

Photographer Emine Gozde Sevim turns a cinematic eye on conflict and change in her native Turkey.

The night of May 27, 2013, photographer Emine Gozde Sevim was staying with family in her hometown of Istanbul, Turkey, when she saw friends posting images on their Facebook pages from Gezi Park. A group of activists had gathered to protest a redevelopment plan that would destroy one of the city's last remaining green spaces, replacing it in part with a shopping mall.

She grabbed her camera and headed over.

Sevim was in her late twenties then, and the Turkey she had grown up in was, she says, one of authoritarian rule and subdued voices. She had sensed the energy building up over time. By the time the destruction plans for Gezi Park were being executed, much had already happened

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