About Akkadia (Saima Altunkaya)
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Constantly on the lookout, the artist-photographer Akkadia explores Paris and endlessly rediscovers it over and over again.Losing herself in the maze of its streets and alleyways, the City of Lights is, to her, a place of inspiration where she creates most of her artwork. The Christmas illuminations of avenues and the stained-glass windows of churches are as much a part of her quest as parks and cemeteries.
One of Akkadia’s favourite places is the Père Lachaise cemetery. This is where she photographs paths and streets in different lighting scenes, gathered in the ‘Sanctuary’ series. In the ‘Leftovers’ series, she dedicates herself to the fabric flowers on the graves - a dark allegory and foreboding of our transience. In contrast, the pictures ‘The Hanging Gardens’ series pay homage to the beauty of the return of life in the spring.
Père Lachaise attracts Akkadia in a mysterious way. Situated at the heart of an electric & sleepless city, this cemetery represents a blissful place where dreams and reality are intertwined. As soon as one sets foot behind its majestic doorway, a fantasy world is resurrected in an atmosphere of heavenly peace. Beyond all conventions, lies a veil of chaos that cannot and will not be lifted: the magic must be preserved.
With her photographs, Akkadia tries to express and depict this diffuse feeling.Time and again, season after season, she returns to the place, using various techniques of photography, such as long or multiple exposure. Even though the pictures are premeditated, she introduces the effect of coincidence to complete the work as an artistic expression.
Unconscious intuition, uniqueness of the instant, traces of existence and impermanence, the ephemeral and the fragility of our being are the main topics of Akkadia’s images, built around the complexity, and above all, the complicity of light.