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KR-I (Safe Haven)

Sebastian Forkarth’s (*1985 in Herdecke) photographic pieces are focused on national identity and how it can be generated. Which symbols elicit the feeling of togetherness, and who creates it for whom? How are ethnically homogenous spaces created? The natural space is thus always understood as a “mythological origin and its legitimising relationship to that of the politically occupied space”.

As part of the photographic long-term project KR-I (Safe Haven), Forkarth now plans his fourth trip to the “Autonomous Region of Kurdistan”. Here, Forkarth examines the tensions between political and geographical realities on the one hand and a constructed mythos of the state on the other hand. After completion, the piece is set to be published as a book in cooperation with researchers from the fields of International Relations and Development Studies.

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