Rena Effendi

Hailing from Baku, documentary photographer Rena Effendi describes herself as a “global storyteller”. Her work centres on themes of social justice, conflict and the environment, at once evoking both a distinct sense of place and questions of universal significance. Effendi’s stories have ranged from capturing her journey along a vast oil pipeline through Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey in her first monograph Pipe Dreams (2009), to documenting the lives of women living in Chernobyl’s exclusion zone in Chernobyl: Still Life in the Zone (2010). Her 2013 photo book Liquid Land juxtaposes images of urban decay and pollution in Baku with photographs of dead butterflies collected by her entomologist father, while she has also photographed Istanbul’s transgender community and the art of haymaking in rural Transylvania.

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