Rena Effendi, base location: Istanbul, Turkey
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Born in 1977 in Baku, Azerbaijan, Effendi initially focused on documenting oil industry’s effects on people’s lives in her own country. As a result, she followed a 1,700 km oil pipeline through Georgia and Turkey, collecting stories along the way. This work of six years was published in 2009 in her first monograph Pipe Dreams: A Chronicle of Lives along the Pipeline. In 2013 Effendi published her second monograph - “Liquid Land”, a lyrical narrative combining her father’s photographs of perished butterflies and devastated post-industrial landscapes of her native Baku.

Effendi has won several international photography awards including the “Fifty Crows” Documentary Photography award, National Geographic “All Roads” photography award and Getty Images Editorial grant. In 2005 she participated in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2011 Rena Effendi became the laureate of the Prince Claus Fund award for Culture and Development and in 2012 she was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet award in photography and sustainability for her series Chernobyl: Still Life in the Zone. In 2014 Rena Effendi won two awards in the World Press Photo “Observed Portraits” categories for singles and stories.

Her work was exhibited world wide including at the 52nd Venice Biennale, the 2009 Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Saatchi Gallery in London, Breda Museum in the Netherlands and other venues.

Rena Effendi's work has been widely published in the National Geographic magazine, New Yorker, The Sunday Times magazine, Marie Claire, MORE and others.