24 Apr 2012 08:00
Kütmaan, 'Hidden lives', is very much a work in progress, documenting the lives of individuals claiming asylum based on their sexuality or gender identity in Turkey, and exploring LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Kurdish identity in south eastern Turkey.
Once complete, the work will be three stories, a continuation from 'Iraq's unwanted people', about gay Iraqi men claiming asylum and resettlement from Damascus, Syria in late 2010, as part of a long-term documentary on LGBT identity in the Middle East and Northern Africa.
Originating from Iraq and Iran, hundreds of individuals claiming asylum based on sexuality or gender identity grounds, are currently in Turkey waiting for resettlement to a third country.
This ongoing series of images attempts to portray the waiting, the unknown future, and the highs and lows of the resettlement experience in Turkey.
In Turkey's south-east, Kurdish LGBT people are struggling and fighting for legal equality, acceptance, and to live their lives without discrimination and fear. Caught between both the LGBT and Kurdish political movements individuals are looking for freedom in a notoriously conservative area of the country, and one which is struggling with its own economical and identity complications.