Shortlisted for the Author's Book Award, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles 2020
Güle Güle (“goodbye” in Turkish) takes you on a surprising journey through the immense city of Istanbul, rapidly changing, bursting of energy and contrasts. Photographs are the result of Jean Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni's multiple relations with people and places, a fascinating humanity and visually striking and unexpected situations and scenarios.
Gentrification, the marginalization of the poorer classes, the increasing discrimination of homosexuality, the massive migratory influx of Syrian refugees and the Kurdish community issue are just some of the realities behind the subjects portrayed.The project is mainly organized in diptychs, with a constant dialogue between the images. Reality is deconstructed and reconstructed, favouring a free interpretation. Photographs have never been altered or retouched to enhance what they believe being immediacy and straightforwardness, coherent with the approach they had while doing this work.
The Güle Güle project was presented this year as a dummy-book and received multiple awards:
Special mention Kassel dummy-book award
Shortlisted at Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award, Arles, France
Shortlisted at Photoboox Awards – Photolux
Special mention Premio Marco Bastianelli
Winner at Sony World Photography Award in the discovery category
Winner of Gibellina PhotoRoad Prize
Finalist at Voies Off Screening Nights
Finalist at Warsaw Photo Days
Jean-Marc Caimi & Valentina Piccinni collaborate for projects focused both on documentary and more personal photography. Their works are regularly featured in the press worldwide and are exhibited in galleries and festivals in Europe and Asia. The duo published four books, “Rhome” (winner of FUAM Dummy Book Award 2018 and shortlisted in PHotoEspaña prize for best photobook of the year 2019), “Forcella”, “Same Tense” & “Daily Bread”. With their last project “Güle Güle” they are shortlisted in Luma Dummy Book Award 2019, they received a Special Mention in Kassel Dummy Book Award and won the 2019 Sony WPO Awards in the Discovery category. They are the recipient of the Zine Tonic Award with the work “The Burning Plain”.