Goodbye and Hello! 
Friday, June 13, 2014, 17:34 - Project News

It has been a lot of fun to spend time in Switzerland but now it is time to return to Barcelona!

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A Great Show! 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 10:14 - Project News
Thanks to everyone who came to the opening!

This was my first outdoor public installation work and I am happy to have shared it with you!

It gave me a chance to incorporate some of the field audio and interviews I have recorded over the years. If you didn't make it to the opening the show is up for a bit so come by!
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Exhibition in Switzerland! 
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 10:10 - Project News
I hope that you can come to my exhibition here in Uster on the 15th of April!

And They Called Themselves The Europeans
A Multimedia Installation
10 March – 22 May 2014
Reception 15 April at 19:00
Poststrasse 3-5
Uster 8610

And They Called Themselves The Europeans is the outdoor multimedia installation by AKKU ( artist in residence Damaso Reyes currently on display in Uster through the 22nd of May. The installation consists of two separate but interrelated pieces: Some Europeans is a 30 minute projection featuring over sixty black and white photographs taken throughout Europe over the course of eight years. A Day In The Life Of Europe is a 60 minute audio piece comprised of ambient sound, music and interviews collected by the artist during his travels in Europe. Spoken languages in the piece include English, German, Spanish, Catalan, Turkish, French and Ukrainian.

The installation is a glimpse of Reyes' ongoing photographic documentary project The Europeans which is exploring how Europe and its people are changing as the European Union expands and integrates. Begun in 2005 the project seeks to question and expand the definition of who is a European as well as how Europeans see themselves and each other.

Through the sounds and images in this installation visitors have an opportunity to visit places and hear the voices of people they would otherwise never encounter. From a Catalan independence demonstration in Barcelona to a worship service of Pentecostal Christians in Kiev And They Called Themselves The Europeans offers a unique visual and aural perspective on the transformations taking place across the continent. Through the images presented we see the faces of Europe from immigrants and asylum seekers to politicians and soldiers. In this work Reyes takes us on a visual exploration of Europe in distinctly human terms. By listening to the audio we hear the stories of both immigrants and their children as well as the sounds of nature and celebration. Though the works run simultaneously the sounds and images are not directly linked which allows for interesting conflations as the two pieces loop throughout the day and night.
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Hello From Switerland! 
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 09:59 - Travel, Project News
Uster, Switzerland

Greetings from Switzerland. I'm just outside of Zurich where I am serving at the AKKU artist in residence!

It should be an interesting stay!
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A Diamond in the Rough 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 15:00 - Project News, Photo of the Day

Jülide Yaşar Soncu grew up in France but moved to Istanbul and started a small business. “I didn’t want to live in a country that doesn’t give equality of chance,” Jülide recalls of what began motivating her to look beyond France.

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The Actor as Bridge 
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 17:54 - Project News, Photo of the Day

Haydar Zorlu reached the top in Germany as an actor but decided to move to Istanbul to pursue his creative freedom.

“I was, and I am, part of two countries. In my case there is no difference and no border between both. I thought it was normal until I was about thirty-five,” he says with a laugh.

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Standing His Ground 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 17:49 - Project News

For my latest profile from Sweden we turn to an Iranian born member of Parliament to broaden our perspective on the immigrant experience.

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A Stranger in a Strange Land 
Friday, November 15, 2013, 14:39 - Project News

You can read the first profile I’ve written about Swedes of Turkish descent on!

Mikail was born in Sweden yet still doesn't feel Swedish.

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Europe's Lost Generation 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 11:28 - Project News

Starting today you can see what I’ve been up to over the past few months. Check out and start reading my latest series exploring the lives of Europeans of Turkish descent as they try to find a place in Europe’s social fabric.
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A Little Multimedia Action 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 07:11 - Project News
If you are a little more visually oriented check out the photo essay and multimedia piece I published on The Mantle about Pentecostalism's spread here in Europe.

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Catching Up 
Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 07:06 - Project News

For those of you who love to read please check out my article about the spread of Pentecostalism in Europe which was published in the Spring Issue of World Policy Journal.

It is the culmination of a year's worth of explorations and I hope you enjoy it!
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Hello Stockholm! 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 09:55 - Travel, Project News

Well here I am in Scandinavia for the first time! I'll be around for about a month exploring Sweden and I look forward to keeping you posted on what I discover!

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Damaso is a 2013 French American Foundation Fellow! 
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 09:50 - Travel, Personal, Project News
I’m excited to announce my selection as an Immigration Reporting Fellow by the French American Foundation. For my project I’ll be traveling to Sweden on Sunday for a month to look at the lives of second generation immigrants of Turkish decent and in September I will be based in Istanbul for two months interviewing and photographing those who have migrated to Turkey. It should be an exciting few months so expect several updates! If you have any tips for Stockholm or Istanbul please let me know.

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Hello Kiev! 
Thursday, July 5, 2012, 13:03 - Travel, Shooting, Project News
Kiev, Ukraine

Well here I am, as far east as I have ever come for this project! The next three weeks should be interesting as I explore the spread of Pentecostalism here in Ukraine, stay tuned for images...

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The Europeans: A Work In Progress Exhibition Opening Tonight! 
Thursday, June 21, 2012, 09:28 - Project News, Events

I hope you can join me tonight at the Alex Telese Gallery for the opening of my first solo show in Spain!

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