You are of very interesting origin. How does being so multi-cultural influence your work?
I grew up in Switzerland. I like a dual Swiss and Kurdish culture, I speak Kurdish at home, I had an education between the Kurdish tradition and modern Swiss. I am very interested in oriental rugs patterns and colors that can be felt in some of my images, in other pictures I’m colder and stiffer- it is perhaps the european side.
I see you are fascinated by the light on your objects. What does light mean to you?
The word photography means clustering even drawing with the light. I love the colors and shapes that can be created with the idea of the light from a blank surface and the filling colors and things shape with light fascinates me.
There is also a great interest in geometrical patterns. Is that so in your real life as well?
I think I Just have a fascination with patterns shapes and colors. Because it’s something I see everywhere, it is probably due to my aussi origin. My purpose in real life is to see things, like everyone else, and this has such force, it has become almost an obsession to capture this kind of thing. Most of the time it’s very simple pictures from a mixture of snap shot and flashgun.
You often make books or zines out of your work or participate in publications. Why do you think printing is important?
An image is of course different on screen and I think that EACH of the photographs I would like to see in other broader and more small sizes. There is a different relationship between the object and the real picture and the screen. I was just beginning to show my pictures little by little. I’m still very motivated when I see the result of printed pictures and it makes me really want to produce another and yet another and so on.
What made you realise you need to be a photographer?
Primarily it is a hobby for me, I am always very happy when I see a good picture also. For me that is a kind of therapy against being bored, I need to practice as much as possible. It has become a habit of my hand and this is my life every day. When I was younger I fell into a depression and the photos have helped me organize myself and take care of not concealing things. But when I see a painting, drawing, or sculpture that has just as much impact as seeing an image that is quite symbolic for me. It certainly would be very difficult to have to stop one day to shoot even for the pleasure that makes me happy. The idea of doing photography came to my mind, I think, the age of 15 when I went back to my family and my country for the first time in my life. That moment I felt the need to capture every moment in this country, Kurdistan.
How has photography changed the way you perceive the world around you?
It is true that I always tend to see things as if I was behind my camera, I think everything can be photography, a toe as much as a great landscape, there are no limits, everything can be subject to a photograph. I think I pay more attention to the little things that can happen, sometimes I have to say stop and rest my eyes and my mind on a full image. Some time for a picture I am ready just when I should be or maybe I just accept that there are times are things that I should absolutely not capture. I’m an image scavenger.
Interview by Amanda M. Jansson