Alana Holmberg #Resist Laughter

Alana Holmberg

Alana Holmberg Portrait of Buse 2015
84cm x 60cm
archival pigment inkjet print on Canson Baryta FineArt Paper

Alana Holmberg’s #Resist Laughter explores the experiences of women in Turkey today through a series of portraits and interviews. The exhibition considers the influence of politics and increasing conservatism on everyday experiences of women – on the street, in families, at home and in relationships.

Alana was inspired to create her collection on the basis of a tweet from 2014: “It was an image of young women laughing in the street, and the Turkish words #direnkahkaha (resist laughter),” explained Alana. “The post was one of thousands shared by Turkish women to protest comments by the country’s then Deputy Prime Minister who said that women should not laugh in public.”

Travelling to Turkey in 2015 and 2016, Alana immersed herself in the lives and loves of Turkish women. She documented their ongoing fight for equality, some spurning the title of feminism as a “white, Western phenomenon”.

#Resist Laughter will be open at The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery for the duration of White Night 2018.