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Esra Ersen

Empathy Machine

BY HG Masters

“I Am Turkish, I Am Honest, I Am Diligent,” 1998–2006, detail of installation at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, 2005. Photo by the artist.

All images in this article, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy the artist.

Documentary directors [are] really co-directors; the other half of the directing team is real life itself. – Mark Cousins, The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011)

Birds are madly chirping as if it were dawn. The camera shows close-ups of a wall of faded headshots (of men, many balding, several…

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