The kanka series. More than just friends

Many languages have several synonymous words for “friend”.

just1-545

In Turkish there are plenty, each marking a subtle gradation on the highly revered hierarchy of friendship. It starts with arkadaş, which means friend. After that you become a dost, meaning pal, followed by a kardeş which means brother. Finally, you’re a kanka, a shorter and very common use of kan kardeşi, meaning nothing less than brother of blood.

Except for arkadaş, these words less frequently describe female friendship. For that, softer terms are used, such as canım (sweatheart), aşkım (my love) or kuzu (also an affectionate word, meaning lamb).

Camille McOuat is a Canadian photographer living in Paris, who travels regularly to Istanbul. When spending time in Turkey, she soon noticed that “friendship meant something more” than what she was used to in Canada and France.

In Turkey, like many other places, it is not unusual for close friends to walk hand-in-hand, hold each other around the shoulders or hug and kiss on the cheek.

McOuat began, when wandering Istanbul’s streets, to search for signs of male friendship. Her pictures, featured in this series, were taken in districts across the city, like Galata, Aksaray, Kadıköy, Tarabya, Ataşehir and the Princes’ Islands.

just2-545

just3-545 

just4-545

just5-545

just6-545

just7-545

just8-545

 


 

Camille McOuat

http://www.mashallahnews.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Related Posts

Turkey: Pre-election Twitter shutdown brings internet freedom to a new low

24/03/2014

twitur 110“The decision to block Twitter is an unprecedented attack on internet freedom and freedom of expression in Turkey” says Amnesty International.

Interview with Ayşe Börhürler, journalist, “Islamist” documentary filmmaker

20/04/2007

Interview with Ay?e Börhürler, journalist, “Islamist” documentary filmmakerThis interview deals with a series of documentary films on Muslim women in thirteen countries, created by a Turkish filmmaker who is herself a practicing Muslim. Ay?e Böhürler, born in 1963, is a journalist by training. She works for Kanal 7, one of the biggest private television channels in Turkey, and she makes documentary films.

Kobane faces its end amid mounting Kurdish anger

05/10/2014

kobane 110IS closes in on small enclave in Syria; fears for massacre of remaining inhabitants, high risk to Ankara-Kurdish peace process.