Vagabonding is a photographic project based on Irem Cakir’s images on a curatorial proposition of Fiona
Vilmer. Vagabonding is 10 analog photographs, printed in a large format and exhibited open-air in 10 different cities as
an invitation to re-think their context.
10 photographs: Being around everywhere is also about fitting nowhere.
Based on a curatorial proposition of Fiona Vilmer, Irem Cakir chose ten photographs considering the notion of belonging,
through details, landscape and human stuck in a moment or a situation. Vagabonding echoes as a restless hope to find a place in the
world, each time in a new temporary neighborhood, according to Irem’s flight attendant routine of layovers. Ten photographs become
ten posters, hang in ten cities.
10 layovers : “A short stay in a place that you make while you are on a longer journey to somewhere else”
Each photograph explores recurrent thematics as a leitmotiv through Irem Cakir’s research : The journey, the routine, the
neighborhood, the fast experience, the memory, the belonging, the other, otherworldliness. Irem Cakir’s analog photographs are shot
while she is flying as part of her profession. As a flight attendant, each month, her schedule is punctuated by layovers. This limited time
is part of her routine where Irem Cakir leaves her hotel room to take pictures, paying close attention to anodyne details of a new
10 cities : Where do we go now?
Based on the original photographs, Vagabonding project manifests by expanding these ten images through new dimensions
and contexts. Ten analog photographs were taken along Irem Cakir’s journey as a flight attendant. The memory they represent
expands as these ten images were printed in poster format and hang in ten new cities around the world, following Irem’s flight
attendant schedule. Enlarged size photographs are insert in a new context and renew the memory along with its context.
For ten months, Irem Cakir discovered her new schedule of flights for the following month. From this fact, random layovers
were chosen. For each printed photographs, Irem Cakir repeated the process : according to a limited time given by her layovers, the
aim was to find a place to hang the image. Through this action, the context reminds unpredictable and stick to the first impression
feeling. Irem Cakir’s original analog photographs answer to the same process as they are shot on a first impression. This process
allows to settle a memory inside a new one, through a « mise en abyme » within a new context.
Where do we belong, if we ever belong somewhere ? Elsewhere ?
Vagabonding project emerged from our individual experience which found echoes through a common perception as both of
us feel disconnected from our own environment and roots, along with a quest to find our place in the world in a metaphorical way but
also in a physical aspect (home). The paradoxe lies in the over connected and globalized world which stands as a big neighborhood.
CHAPTER 1 : The posters
In ten different cities following the layover routine (resting time before flying back) of a flight attendant, the poster
photographs were part of a challenging process, as each of them were disseminated in ten different contexts on a short while.
CHAPTER 2 : The postcards
The postcards are the “souvenir “ of the project in a material way. As each country has its own postcard and vocabulary. We
edited ten postcards. A limited edition will be found in Arles as a symbolic place. Located in south of France, Arles embodies the
imagery of holidays. Besides its geography, during summer time Arles becomes the meeting point of photographers and photography
exhibitions. Not part of the Rencontres Photograhiques but happening in the meantime, Vagabonding will give away its souvenir on a
postcard format, disseminated in random areas, looking for a new place to belong to.
CHAPTER 3 : The website - ebook
The website stands to recall the online memory of the project and share informations and documentations about
Vagabonding. An ebook will be available soon after on the website.
Therefore, Vagabonding embodies the idea of a photography which escapes from one reality to another, clueless and open
to the viewer’s interpretation. Vagabonding is about ten sideways realities living out of a frontal reality through the gesture.
Opposite Direction in Sao Paulo. 29.11.2017
Am I Supposed to be Here? in Berlin. 18.01.2018
Bye Earth! in Singapour. 01.02.2018
Self-safari in Dakar. 26.02.2018
Tired of Being Around in Kuala Lumpur. 07.03.2018
Strangers in a Strange Land in Napoli. 17.04.2018
So Lost in Taipei. 30.04.2018
Plant-Portal in Dubai. 22.06.2018
Can I Feel You? in Paris. 29.06.2018
Run Away From Home in Istanbul. 20.07.2018