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Honorable Mention BIFA 2020 Editorial / Environmental


  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Editorial / Environmental
  • Photographer
    Gulsen Goksel

"Goynek" is an old, traditional form of lingerie from Turkey, like a woman’s second skin; it is tightly twisted when not in use. I put it on and walked out down the highway in Bern, pausing at a billboard image of a woman reclining seductively, advertising lingerie. Then I continued into a forest and wandered into an area of sawed down trees. I climbed onto one of the tree trunks and posed in my "Goynek", a sad monument to environmental destruction and loss of culture.

Gulsen Goksel is a photographer and graphics designer originally from Izmir Turkey, currently based in Bern, Switzerland. Goksel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Turkey from DEU , and has recently received her certificate in Photography from the critically reclaimed International Center of Photography, NY. Gulsen is a lover of many media's but has commuted her time to capturing elevated everyday like in topics that have shaped her into who she is today. As a Turkish Woman, Goksel finds that it is her job to shine light upon the hardships our world causes on woman who identify similarly with her.