Samet Durgun

Title: Come Get Your Honey
"Come Get Your Honey" is a story about the transgender and queer refugees in Berlin. While respecting their struggle, it shows my journey of weaving bonds with a community through fragility, friendship and joy. This work rejects current mainstream narratives on queer and refugee identities, which widely reduce them to their agony. This is performed either by romanticising their pain and struggle, or surgically exploring their body from the "outsider" gaze. Instead, my work aims to depict them as complex human beings in their wholeness, trying to establish a new home in a foreign country and an extremely polarised political climate. As a queer person with a desire to live better, I intimately relate to their pursuit and draw references from my own life.