Since 2007, Sevim embarked on creating an “alternative” Middle-Eastern visual narrative in the context of post-9/11 era. Her maternal family had left Kabul, Afghanistan in 1975, where Sevim returned to visit with her Afghan grandfather in 2007, following the U.S. invasion. Since then, she has worked in Palestine, Turkey and Egypt creating a comprehensive project about “lives-in-passing” in contested geographies. In an attempt to expand beyond the religio-political descriptions of life in the region, Sevim’s visual narrative deals with existentialist complexities of provincial daily realities in the context of current historical transitions.
Her on-going body of work about the Middle East has been recognized by various international venues, including Camera Club of New York (2013) and Prix de la Photographie in Paris (2013), among others. Her first book project on Egypt was shortlisted for MACK’s First Book Award in London and added to the Collection of the National Media Museum in Bradford
Sevim currently divides her time between New York and the Middle East.