Rineke Dijkstra's Yusra Mardini, Berlin, January 8, 2017, 2017

Rineke Dijkstra
Yusra Mardini, Berlin, January 8, 2017, 2017

Photograph

Inkjet print on Alu-Dibond

31.75 x 26.5 in

Edition of 3

Galerie Max Hetzler

60 × 47 cm (80,5 × 67,3) (23 ⅝ × 18 ½ in. (31 ¾ × 26 ½)

Gricebach $17,700 – 23,600 for ____ 2017-12-01

Rineke Dijkstra’s portrait photo shows the 19-year-old swimmer Yusra Mardini, who fled the turmoil of the Syrian conflict for Europe in 2015, leaving her parents behind in her war-torn homeland. When the refugee boat on which she and her sister had crossed the Mediterranean began to sink just off the Turkish coast, the two girls mustered their final reserves of energy to pull the vessel ashore with a rope. Scarcely arrived in Berlin, Yusra Mardini began training as a swimmer and was able to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as a member of the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT).

Rineke Dijkstra portrays Yusra as a selfconfident young woman whose visage moves us with its inner strength and natural repose. Rineke Dijkstra often spends years to build a strong and intimate rapport with her models – often teenagers, clubbers, soldiers, emigrants, students or bullfighters – thereby allowing her to capture the personality of her subjects in a uniquely sensitive and respectful way.

60 × 47 cm (80,5 × 67,3) (23 ⅝ × 18 ½ in. (31 ¾ × 26 ½)

Gricebach $17,700 – 23,600 for ____ 2017-12-01

Rineke Dijkstra’s portrait photo shows the 19-year-old swimmer Yusra Mardini, who fled the… more

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