Women in Photography 2018 Exhibition
Çok güzelim, çok güzel | Charlotte Schmitz

This project focuses on the private space of women in a conservative neighborhood in Istanbul, capturing its daily life, beauty and intimacy.

“While men are in public, women tend to stay in private spaces. Charlotte focuses on the private, therefore the women — which recalls the political argument used as a slogan of second-wave feminism in the late 1960s: “The private is political.” Charlotte’s photographs underscore the connection between her personal experience and larger socio-political issues that refers to any power relationships within a house. Moreover, Çok güzelim, çok güzel / I am so beautiful, so beautiful becomes a photographic politicization of beauty through the politics of housework, marriage, motherhood, childhood, friendship, puberty, sexuality, family, celebrations, traditions, short-lived pop songs and perhaps Balat itself. […] Her body of work not only reinforce the conception that the private is political, it also reveals something crucial about beauty: “The private is beautiful!” — regardless of the surrounding obstacles.” (Cemre Yesil)

About Charlotte Schmitz

Charlotte Schmitz studied photojournalism and documentary photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover. She is working for several german and international media outlets and is a member of Agence Le Journal. Charlotte speaks six languages, including Spanish and Turkish.


WOMEN IN FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY 2018 SHOWCASE PROGRAMME  
:: Exhibition: 5 Oct to 18 Nov 2018
:: Guided photographer & curator tour: 5 Oct, Fri, 6pm to 7pm
:: Artist talk I: 6 Oct, Sat, 2pm to 4pm
:: Artist talk II: 6 Oct, Sat, 4pm to 6pm
:: Slideshow Projection featuring Women Photograph: 8 Nov, Thu, 730pm to 9pm
:: Short Film Screening: 5 Oct to 28 Oct, 12pm to 7pm, Lower Gallery
:: Women in Film 2018 (10 to 13 Oct, 730pm)