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Susana Girón


Refugees in Istanbul, Turkey 2012

Susana Girón (b.1975, Spain) received a master’s degree in Physical Education. Years later she  graduated in Photography and Visual Arts at the University Miguel Hernandez in Elche. She received the Fototraballo international Grant and also was awarded in the International Photography Awards Competition IPA 2012 with two Honorable Mentions. Her images have been published in GEO, Le Figaro, ABC, EIKON magazine, El País Digital, Art Magazine and  Basel Zeitung. Susana has published two books: Legados: Generaciones en tránsito (Artual 2010) and Faith, Passion, Destiny (Nortempo 2012). She is represented by Polaris Images.

About the Photograph:

“This is a picture of  Alwande, an Iraqi refugee in Istanbul. She was divorced in Iraq in 2012 and this was a reason to be forced to leave her country and go to Turkey looking for safety after several death threats. Her husband, her family and the society  rejected her for being divorced and single mother of two kids. She is journalist and worked in Teheran for some local newspapers  focused on women rights. She arrived to Istanbul waiting for her chance to cross the Greek border and reach UK with all her savings after years of work: 1.500 €. She was awaiting to be evicted after being unable to pay the rent for the next month. She had no legal papers. Her children were oblivious to the drama that their mother was feeling. I tried to seek asylum for her at a Catholic church and then I tried to contact her several times but never received any response.”


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