Inspired by childhood fairytales, stories and myths, Damla Tokcan Faro’s photographs come to life through the interaction of these tales and the realities of daily life. She examines the significance of these stories to the adult world. These stories, heard from a very young age, mold individuals morally, socially and emotionally. Each piece of the fable is complex, rife with double meanings, and can embody multiple interpretations.

“Manipulating fairy-tales and stories is what I do now with my photos and installations,” Faro explains. “My main concern is the female characters in these stories; the question is: why are they made to wait for a male figure to come along to save them? If I were Rapunzel, I would have cut my own hair and climbed down that tower.”

Born in Ankara, Turkey, but growing up in the magical city of Istanbul, Damla was more apt to frolic throughout the urban landscape than stay indoors and play with dolls. Reading Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Damla became mesmerized by chaotic and peculiar fantasy, which informed much of her work. Damla was educated in Boston, Ankara, London, and Chicago, and the worldly view she acquired influences her photography—especially its manipulation of perspective. Damla is exclusively represented by the Alvarez Gallery in the United States.