BABA is the second edition of an ongoing multi-disciplinary project, part one being NOBU. The collection, the photographs and the short film play with both Turkish and Dutch aesthetic cliches. Ceylan Utlu a.k.a BABA is the Turkish father of Serin Utlu. Questions about the role of migration in his life, their father/daughter relationship, loneliness and adaptation form the base of the story. The collection is inspired by items out of BABA’s wardrobe, such as a checked button down shirt and symbolism out of his life: A papaver flower symbolising his hometown Pörnek, his love for music and poetry in the saz and his own face as a brooch to mark his stubbornness. The rug is used as a symbol of Orientalism, covered with wool prints illustrating his personal identity on top of what is perceived as Turkish.
Photography/AD: Laila Cohen