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SAHAR Exhibition in London by Sirkhane Darkroom’s Young Artists

October 5, 2022

Back in August we wrote about the incredible project Sirkhane Darkroom, where vulnerable children in south east Turkey are given access to learning about photography through a mobile analogue darkroom program run by Serbest Salih. Now, there is a chance to see the children’s prints in an exhibition at the Photobook Cafe in London.

The exhibition will run from 6pm Thursday, October 6th to 7pm Saturday, October 8th. It is a free event curated by Katy Vetch, a photographer working in Sussex and London. There will also be a short film shown, created by Lily Vetch and the Sirkhane students, translated by Berfin Dağ. A short trailer for the film can be previewed on Lily’s Instagram. The trailer is full of joy and my heart warms when I hear a quote near the end of a man speaking, translated to, ‘women can do anything men can’.

Sirkhane Darkroom Students

Sirkhane Darkroom Students – Image courtesy of Sirkhane Darkroom

Situated close to Old Street underground station in London, the Photobook Cafe is a wonderful place for photographers and photo book lovers. Browse the volumes of photography works they host on a multitude of shelves while having a lovely cup of coffee or tea here. I had the good fortune to work down the street so was often here, picking through the bounded treasures of works yet to be known to me. It’s a cozy and friendly space.

Fundraising continues for the Sirkhane Darkroom program. The goal is $70K by March 31, 2023 and currently about $11K has been raised. The vision is to take the Sirkhane Darkroom to more remote villages and engage more children in the program. A quote from the campaign website, ‘We constantly need equipment, chemicals, cameras, and support from all artists and humans worldwide who believe in the power of art and photography. With your support and even by donating a small amount to our campaign, you’ll make a clear statement that you believe in us, in our children, and in the power of arts in bringing change to the world.’

Prints in the exhibition are all for sale and proceeds will go to the Sirkhane Darkroom’s mission.

If you are available and able to visit the exhibition, don’t miss it! The event page with more information can be found here.

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