Lyailya Turlybekova was born 1989 in Kazakhstan. Working as an artist in different media, her interest in photography started in 2009. After graduating with a Civil Engineering degree in 2012 from the University of Manchester, she focused on her passion on fine art, freelancing as a graphic designer and an illustrator. In 2016 and 2017 Lyailya exhibited her work in Almaty and Astana. In 2016 Lyailya participated in International Organization for Migration photo project “Migrants: An Invisible Force in Central Asia”.
Many people think that I am an attractive, nice, smart, funny 28 year old person. If you see me you would never think that I could be unhappy, scared and terrified of my condition: sensitive, aggressive, unsociable, hyper sociable or everything at the same time. While there are many people like me, not many talk openly about it. I am labeled with convenient definitions to identify and “diagnose” my personality – depressive, aggressive, angry, etc. Normally no one wonders what has caused such mental state, to see or understand that there is a legitimate reason behind it.
I want to end the taboo around talking about mental health, depression and the ongoing perception that depression is a sign of weakness. This project is about my way out of depression without antidepressants; through therapy, understanding myself, my history and my soul.