Book creates space to ponder the period of life, where experience and joy are juxtaposed with stereotypes related to inevitability and senility. In works exhibited, senility is perceived as a period of gained experience, memory, reflections, dignity and courage. Contemporary society is inseparable from social networks and cult of youth, however this cult exposes the problem of an aging society. This inevitable process is considered as something that should be stopped or reversed. Fragility, decay and mortality becomes synonyms of senility, although they represent just a tiny fraction of this period of life.
“With my photographs, I try to narrate the death of youth, just like those cemetery daffodils as were regarded by the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. I want to place emphasis on aging, on slowing down, on melancholy, isolation, and confusion, on the awareness of our own farewell - surely one of the most painful concerns - and, in contrast, also on small moments of happiness: the soul’s resistance to death.” — Bahadır Aksan
The first Dummy for Daffodil.
Daffodil is the winner of the Self Publish Riga 2018 Dummy Contest. After the contest, the book was published by Kaunas Photography Gallery, KOPA Printing House and Antalis LT & Antalis LV.
An interview with KOPA Publishing
Daffodil book launch and exhibition opening in Kaunas, at Kaunas Photography Gallery. March 7th, 2019.
“IF YOU ARE MISLED & THE ONLY AIM IS TO BECOME THE WINNER, YOU MAY EASILY MISS THE MAIN BEAUTY OF PREPARING A PHOTO BOOK; THE EXCITEMENT, ENERGY & JOY IT BROUGHT TO YOU TO ACHIEVE A DUMMY THAT SATISFIES & REFLECTS YOU TOTALLY.”
An interview at The Kitab,
a non-profit initiative, based in India
Daffodil at LA Art Book Fair, April 2019.
Daffodil book launch and exhibition in Ankara at Ka. May 11-23, 2019.