40 Stations - Turkey-UK Connections At SPACE Gallery London

By 24 Hour Museum Staff | 12 May 2008
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Black and white photo of a man in a suit just about to board a train

© Muammer Yanmaz

Exhibition preview – 40 Stations: A Photography Project at SPACE, London, until May 31 2008.

SPACE is hosting images from a project by Turkish photographer Muammer Yanmaz, in which he has captured 40 Turkish immigrants to the UK in tube stations around London.

Photo of a man lying on the floor of a station platform with a train whizzing past behind him

© Annabel Elston

The exhibition, which highlights immigration and the changing nature of international borders, is complemented by a series of photos of British expats in Turkish stations, commissioned from Annabel Elston by the British Council.

The project, which has already been shown in galleries in Istanbul, Paris and New York, is on display in the UK for the first time and is designed to explore identity, migration, assimilation and the personal links between Turkey and the UK.

Black and white photo of a man's face peering around the corner of an empty tub station walkway

© Muammer Yanmaz

In particular, the portraits link the role of Turkish intellectuals resident in major metropolitan centres with their British counterparts, who are prominent community members in Turkey.

Yanmaz tends to work in the area of urban portraiture, documenting faces in their everyday environment and echoing daily life. His 40 black and white images on show here emphasise the architectural context of London's Underground stations to suggest transit and change, as well as revealing the contribution that the immigrants are making to London.

Elston's images are strikingly different, using colour and unusual poses, with the stations emerging more often as a non-descript background.

Photo of a man propped up on his front by two handrails on some stairs, with his arms hanging down

© Annabel Elston

Accompanying each photograph is a short text by the subject, describing their relationship to their adopted country.

After the London showing, the exhibition will go on to Tokyo and Berlin, before a grand socio-photographic document is produced from an amalgamation of photos from each city on the tour.

This is an exhibition preview. If you've been to see the show, why not let us know what you think?

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