mustakemakima

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In 1990, I was born in the so-called "occupied territories" of Cyprus.

An eagerness to act for demanded change on the political status quo in divided Cyprus provided me an insightful perspective based on existence in a politically conflicted society and therefore I could develop an understanding for causes of befitted labels and biases. Thus, the appearance of invisible walls beside physical ones yielded alienation to "other". The Built system via discrimination doctrine blocks a fellowship between unforgiven past and projects into interpersonal human experience supported by homogeneous society. Awareness of this issue empowers me for an introspective in redefinitions and reconstruction especially widespread perspectives as society's norms and traditions. Since then, my mission to present or to trigger an internal or a peripheral invisible wall built between human species' in social practices or in identities.

​Aiming to serve this understanding in a medium like photography, I've discovered a kinetic light painting technique where a combination of motion and long exposure is used. This isn't satisfying expected traditional photography rules however feeds my muse on representing the mission, specifically on existence. Subjects are not used for documentation nor a story to be told but rather a tool for redefinition via distorted, unclear imperfect images in an abstract form. In this subject matter, my targeted objects circulate mainly around human figures in urban scenery as well as (auto) portraits. Furthermore, an instability and dissolving objects converted to subjects in my images represent a conflict meanwhile a challenge for setting up norms' that yields invisible walls, internal or peripheral conflicts.

After moving to Germany, my given name Mustafa Kemal Kim brought me to a preferred name as "mustakemakima", due to tossing on a surprising invisible layer after moving to Berlin in 2013 by open-minded hypocrite society.

My desire for self-expression and an uncomfortable silence motivated experimental, self-learned photography as my method where comprehensively influences my practice for the projects' spectrum.

The same magic spell additional to my light-painting experiments inspires me to be attentive on details within nature or abstract corners in architectural and urban design.

exhibitions

15. Paratissima Art Fair, 2019
HUMAN TOUCH
 | curated by Paolo Lolicata & Laura Pieri

Turin, Italy

1st Chania International Photography Festival, 2018

organized by blankwall gallery

Crete, Greece

15. Openair Gallery, 2017

Berlin, Germany