Jiyan Düyü

Jiyan Düyü was born on June 23, 1995. She grew up in Amsterdam with a Dutch mother and a Kurdish father. After high school, which she completed at Geert Groote College, she focused on acting. She developed into an actress in six years by participating in various drama collectives and training courses.

In addition to acting, the visual arts also played a prominent role. She was admitted to the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and after the Basic Year continued her studies at the VAV-moving image department. Here she developed a visual language with film that is characterized by a free or intuitive approach. The camera became a tool, the images mold material during the editing process.

Throughout her studies she was selected for the Eye on Art Research Lab where she showed her first short fiction film. The work she made for The one minutes was shown at various film festivals such as International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and International Film Festival in Reykjavik. She made an installation of her graduation work with two curved screens where Kurdish children play around the viewer. She made a linear version of the stories the children told, which was presented in the Eye Filmmuseum Amsterdam.

Through my films and installations I approach my subjects with a cinematographic attitude. Suggesting realism by working with documentary aspects, characters seek to evoke recognition from the viewer. Using the perspective of a child, I look for tensions in the emotions we express as adults. The landscape seems to expose the characters to the load of their reality.

In the graduation work Birds fly back, the children of Hani and their mountains are the core. The children run and play through the Kurdish landscape. The starting point for this project was the loaded character of the mountains against the frivolous nature of children. An idea that arose from writing my thesis. The thesis questioned the role and influence of the mountains on Kurdish cinema. An extremely heavy image of the mountains was created by the analyzed films.

In the search of releasing the landscape of the loaded connotations, children seemed for me the most effective. They seem to share the lead role together, explain each other and can be seen as complementary and in harmony.

Birds fly back (installation view), 2022 | Video work | 350 x 197 cm / 130 x 74 cm

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