European Prospects
Exploring European Identity through Photography
Frederic Lezmi (b. 1978) studied visual communication with an emphasis on documentary photography and book design at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany, and Fine Arts at the Academie des Beaux Arts (ALBA) in Beirut, Lebanon.

#Taksim Calling

Portfolio #Taksim Calling

"#TAKSIM CALLING is an unconventional poster book that contrasts spontaneously taken iPhone pictures of the Gezi protests with idealized and oversized vintage postcard images from Taksim Square in times of peace - mostly from the 1940’s,1960’s and 1970’s. Living in Istanbul I was there when people raised their voices on Taksim Square, one of the central places in Istanbul and a historical place for demonstrations since the early times of the Turkish Republic. In 2013 during peaceful demonstrations for saving the trees of Gezi Park, the police attacked the people with water cannons and pepper spray and with their excessive use of force fueled a uproar in the whole country.

The flexible presentation of the images allows you to view them either like in a newspaper or more separately as a set of five posters. Hanging it on the wall you can choose which sight of Taksim you prefer: the peaceful historic overview or the more detailed turbulent fragments of the Gezi reality. The book documents the kaleidoscope of Turkish activism in a unique way without interpreting/evaluating the events taken place in Mai and June 2013. In Istanbul #Taksim Calling is distributed for free."

Frederic Lezmi