Jin - Jiyan - Azadi « Women, Life, Freedom

  • Two stand still. Hasaka, Rojava-Northern Syria 2015 The fighter Shirin, 21 years old, is member of the YPJ for three years already. Once, she attended the high school in Hasake as the only child from the family. She told that her parents had been very concerned about her and, hence, that they visited her several times during the battles in Hasake. Despite severe injuries Shirin wants to remain in the militia after the war.

  • Zilan, 19 years old. Sinjar, Iraqi Kurdistan 2015 Zilan is wearing the typical guerilla clothing: a wide short and a uniform jacket, all in olive-green. In addition to that, she is wearing a „Schutik“ – a lengthy weapon-belt that is bound fancily around her hips.

  • Diljin, 21 years old. Sinjar, Iraqi Kurdistan 2015 Diljin has joined the guerilla to fight for women rights. For her, the resistance is directed rather against the suppression of women than to the ‘Islamic State’ or the Turkish government. The fact that many young female fighters are driven by emancipatory reasons does often enough not find resonance (among us).

  • Target. Hasaka, Rojava-Northern Syria 2015 It is less that 500 meters away from the shelters of the female fighters at the first front of Al-Hasakah, that one passes a picture of Hafiz al-Assad – the father of the ruling dictator Baschar al-Assad. He presents himself in a heroic gesture that is in the meantime perforated by bullet holes.

  • The space between. Kobani, Rojava-Northern Syria 2015 In the twilight, the wounds of the liberated city of Kobani appear almost soft. After the attacks by the ‘Islamic State’, the tattered buildings breath a melancholic quietness that reminds even more emphatically of the destruction.

  • Pointless. Tal Hamis, Rojava-Northern Syria 2015 Also the City of Tal Hamis had been liberated by PKK fighters from the IS and is now under their surveillance. Time stands still at places that mean home up to now.

  • Zilan, 19 years old. Makhmur, Iraqi Kurdistan 2016

  • Tiyda, 30 years old. Sinjar, Iraqi Kurdistan 2015 Tiyda fights for her conviction that especially women can assume a particular role in the construction of a new society: “We have to lead the fight for political and social freedom and to bring this fight to the summit. We must democratise all areas of life. That is the concrete task of every revolutionary. This is, at the same time, the task of all conscientious human beings.”

  • Gulan, 19, Zerya, 18, and Zilan, 17 years old (from left to right). Sinjar, Iraqi Kurdistan 2015 Here, with the “mountains’ daughters” the movement of liberation really got started. If one joins the guerrilla, one gives up one’s name, adopting a new identity and calling each other “Haval”, what means something like “friend”.

  • War’s shadow. Kobani, Rojava-Northern Syria 2015 Kobani in fall 2015 after the liberation by the Kurdish army: a ruined city full of car wrecks and rubble mountains. Everywhere you’ll find stairs leading nowhere and walls perforated and black- ened with soot. Same quarters are completely destroyed, and of many buildings there are only facades left.

  • Guerilla. Makhmur, Iraqi Kurdistan 2016

  • On the other side. Til Temir, Rojava-Northern Syria 2015 A moment of rest at the front line in Til Temir and its Christian quarter. The IS is fighting in the next village that is less than two kilometres away.

  • Jihan, 25 years old. Kobani, Rojava-Northern Syria 2015 Jihan is fighting for the Kurdish army together with two other siblings. Their home village was occupied by IS, the rest of their family flew to Turkey during the occupation. Before she had joined the unit, Jihan got a three-months-training and, after that, has been involved in the liberation of Kobani.

  • Dicle, 23 years old. Hasaka, Rojava-Northern Syria 2015 Dicle appears to be much older than she really is, as many of the fighters do. She is a member of the resistance for three years, before that she fought in the mountains of Kurdistan.

  • The woman with the long braid. Makhmur, Iraqi Kurdistan 2016

  • Kurdish spring. Romelan, Rojava-Northern Syria 2015 The last memory of fighters killed in action is often the shared meal before the battle. As brutal and inhuman the state of war might be, yet the women try again and again to create spaces of concealment and cosiness.

  • Reprieve. Kobani, Rojava-Northern Syria 2015 Kalashnikows of the fighters in the sunset – a rare view since the fighters actually do not take off their weapons.

  • Green, red, yellow. Makhmur, Iraqi Kurdistan 2016

  • Garden of memory. Kandil mountains, Iraqi Kurdistan 2015 Behind the trees is slightly hidden the museum of the martyrs in the Kandil mountains. Hundred meters away is the well-known and most beautiful martyr cemetery of the Kurdish fighters.

Jin - Jiyan - Azadi « Women, Life, Freedom

Portrait, War & Conflicts, Documentary
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At the age of three, the family moved to Germany. Her family moved to a small town in North Rhine-Westphalia, where Sonja lived until finishing school. The next two years she has been working as creative assistant for a commercial photographer in Hamburg. Sonja studied photography at Ostkreuzschule in Berlin from 2009 to 2013 and graduated with the portrait-project \u201cWenn\u2019s drauf ankommt\u201d (\u201cWhen it counts\u201d). Because of the upcoming war, she could not travel to Syria to do research for her subsequent project. As a result, she continued the work in Germany. Searching and tracing identity between foreignness and belonging led to portraits of family members, friends, and strangers. By and during this project the quest of cultural identity had become a subject of personal and intimate relevance to Sonja instead of being primarily considered politically. In 2013 she started the project \u201cJin, Jian, Azadi \u2013 Women, Life, Freedom, which was explicitly intended to be political. Based of contacts stemming from her portrait-project and by a scholarship from the VG Bildkunst she was able to take on her documentary work in Northern Iraq in March 2015 followed by a trip to the KurdishWomen\u2019s Protection Units (YPJ) in Northern Syria and a second stay in September 2016. Sonja Hamad is living and working as a freelance photographer in Berlin.<\/p>","long_bio_raw":"The documentary photographer Sonja Hamad was born in 1986 in Damascus, Syria, to Kurdish Yazidi parents. At the age of three, the family moved to Germany. Her family moved to a small town in North Rhine-Westphalia, where Sonja lived until finishing school. The next two years she has been working as creative assistant for a commercial photographer in Hamburg. 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