Exhibition: Kakava is celebrated as an important day by the Turkic world, representing the day that prophets Hızır (Al-Khidr) and İlyas (Elijah) met under a rose tree. Romani people’s Kakava, a version of Hıdırellez of Turkic communities, is one of the most important days for Romani that they wait for impatiently during the whole year, make a lot of preparations and celebrate joyously. These events are held every year in cities where Romani live, with adherence to folkloric values. People jumping over fires, dancing, the colorful atmosphere in the city are complemented by the beautiful scenes and lovely memories that those present cannot easily forget. They reinforce their cultural values and their commitment to the city they live in with these events. The events also contribute significantly to the publicity of the city. The festivities continue for two days with special rituals. Kakava, symbolizing increased prosperity and sharing of beauty, begins with the start of a large fire in Sarayiçi, Edirne. Fires burn in front of every house in the Romani neighborhood all night and the festivities continue till the morning. “Introduction to Spring” ritual, whose goal is cleansing and waking up of nature, is held at 6:00am by Danube River. Cleansed by the water of the river, afterwards the Romani people take branches from the nearby trees to bring home with them for increasing prosperity. They hang these branches in their homes. Water and fire are the most important symbols of the Kakava Festival. Kakava has become a protected tradition as one of the safeguarded intangible cultural values of UNESCO in 2010. These works are about the Kakava Festival held on 5-6 May in Edirne every year.
Biography: She was born in Ankara in 1970. She began to be interested in photography at AFSAD, likes photographing all lives, which have human inside. She thinks that, in the contemporary conditions, where people give more importance to their private lives, one of the most significant purposes of photography is to provide communication between people with photographs. She works at a Private company, Publishing Financial Information. As a board member of the AFSAD.