Between Kebap and Diploma (Zwischen Döner und Diplom)

As a German Chancellors Fellow, I documented the educational outlook of Turkish pupils, part of Germany’s largest minority. For this nonlinear storytelling project I shadowed seven pupils at school, at home, and in the mosque. I built relationships, shot portraits, conducted and edited interviews in German, and designed the interface. In addition to the website, I helped produce an accompanying booklet with support from the Humboldt Foundation and Regionalverband Ruhr.​ (In German)

Between Kebap and Diploma
Between Kebap and Diploma

"Zwischen Döner und Diplom" documents seven youth of Turkish heritage as they navigate the education system. Project language is German.

Betwen Kebab and Diploma
Betwen Kebab and Diploma

The project offers first-hand narratives from Germany's largest minority and serves not only to inform the public but to inspire others to seek their educational goals.

Betwen Kebab and Diploma
Betwen Kebab and Diploma

Through portraits and interviews, the students share what it is like being part of Germany's largest minority. This group of pupils is often talked about - but rarely talked "with," which was the impetus for the project.

Between Kebap and Diploma
Between Kebap and Diploma

"Zwischen Döner und Diplom" documents seven youth of Turkish heritage as they navigate the education system. Project language is German.

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Rising from the Rust

introduces viewers to the Ruhr Valley through anecdotes and photos of the Ruhrgebiet's own citizens. Following the closure of coal mines and steel mills, the Ruhr Valley has undergone a revolution, turning industrial sites into cultural spectacles. For this interactive project, I conducted all interviews in German, shot all photos, edited all content, and designed the site in Flash. The project was supported by the Bosch Foundation and is now part of the Ruhr Museum's long-term exhibit at Zollverein in Essen.

Rising from the Rust: Exhibit
Rising from the Rust: Exhibit

Through first-hand narratives and photos, we compare their stories about the Ruhr Region - what makes it unique, how it has evolved, and what the future holds. Part of the long-term exhibit at the Ruhr Museum, Essen. Originally in German with English subtitles.

Rising from the Rust: Exhibit
Rising from the Rust: Exhibit

Cengiz' father left Turkey to work in German coalmines. The family later joined him in Deutschland. Now, as a teacher with immigrant heritage, Cengiz reaches out to students as a role model. Project appears in the long-term exhibit at the Ruhr Museum, Essen.

Rising from the Rust: Exhibit
Rising from the Rust: Exhibit

A non-linear storytelling format allows users to discover the Ruhr Region at their own pace through first-hand narratives of local citizens - from a former miner, to a teacher with Turkish heritage, from a first-generation student to a prominent soccer player.

Rising from the Rust: Exhibit
Rising from the Rust: Exhibit

Through first-hand narratives and photos, we compare their stories about the Ruhr Region - what makes it unique, how it has evolved, and what the future holds. Part of the long-term exhibit at the Ruhr Museum, Essen. Originally in German with English subtitles.

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