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This artist depicts the heartbreaking contrast between the Western world and the war-torn Middle East

Ugur Gallenkus creates digital collages that do the impossible: unite the Western world with the Middle East.

In his ongoing series, the Istanbul-based artist juxtaposes photos side by side to highlight the glaring differences between those living in developed countries and those trying to survive in war-torn places like Syria.

“I live in Turkey, which happens to be located next door to one of the most dangerous regions in the modern world,” he told My Modern Met.

“The contrast between these territories reflects two different worlds for me, and it inspired me to portray this in my work.”

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In one collage an image of an opulent bathroom is placed next to a picture of a father giving his kids a bath inside a torn-down, debris-filled apartment.

Another eye-opening collage shows a photo of Black Friday shoppers lined up in a mall next to a massive Middle Eastern crowd lining up for rations.

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More than uniting two seemingly unrelated photos together, Gallenkus hopes to actually unite everyone to advocate for the end of these brutal conflicts.

“I wish that the whole world would live by the Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s phrase ‘Peace at Home, Peace in the World’,” he said.

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You can see more of Ugur Gallenkus’s work here.

Via My Modern Met

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