Biography

1980, Born in Istanbul.

Education

Master of Fine Arts, Art in Public Realm Program, Konstfack, Stockholm Sweden

Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul Turkey 2009

Additional Studies

Ethnomusicology at MIAM (Center for Advanced Studies in Music) Followed and helped organizing three courses by lecturer Robert Reigle in Istanbul Technical University, 2008

Ancient Philology, 3 years of study, Istanbul University, 1998 – 2001

Cinema-TV , 1 year of study at Faculty of Fine Arts, Beykent University, Istanbul 1997 – 1998

Professional Experience

Currently working with Hilde Danielsen (Bergen University Uni-Research Rokkansenteret) on a film project about Parenting Cultures in Plural Norway.

Assisting German artist Hito Steyerl with research, camera work, translation and production management, in several of her works since 2013

“Up on the horse again / a film about horse activities in addiction recovery” Educational film prepared for Bergen University College 2016

“Før snøen faller” a feature fiction film by Hisham Zaman, Line Producer Turkey, Assistant Line Producer for Iraq, 2010-2011 (Dragon Award winner of 2013 Goteborg Film Festival)

ONE SHOT – Istanbul An artistic still photography project by Alexander Berg. Assisted his work in Istanbul. 2009

Since 2007 Working as a freelance still & video photographer.

Mesopotamia Culture Center, Cinema Department – Istanbul. Worked in various fields of film making process, mainly on photography, editing, international relations and production management. Additionally, organized music events and concerts in Turkey and Italy. 1998 – 2007

Awards

VestNorsk Filmsenter, production support for “Birthday Parents” short film 2017

Swedish Arts Grants Committee, 1 year Working Grant 2014

Hasselblad Foundation, New Nordic Photography, Master Group Victor Fellowship 2013

Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Assistant’s Grant 2013

ReGeneration 2, PHOTOGRAPHERS OF TOMORROW, TODAY – Elysee Photography Museum, Switzerland, 2009

Otogar-Istanbul, HSBC Photography Awards, Best Portfolio, Turkey, October 2009

Ben u Sen (you and me), HSBC Photography Awards, Second Prize, Turkey, October 2009

Filmography (Highlights)

As Director

Birthday Parents / Short Fiction, 20 mins. 2018

the Encounter / Short Fiction, 7 mins, 2018

the State / HD video, 4’35”, 2018

Up on the Horse Again, documentary film 29 mins. 2016

Meanwhile, Experimental Video, 11’35”, 2014

Guerrilla portraits (Evin’s Story – Kobane – Simko) – Video Triptych 3 x 3 mins, 2014

Ru bi Ru / Invisible Landscapes – HD Video, 10’52” 2013

 

Karkerên Avahiyan (The Builders), Creative Documentary, DV, 23 min, Directing, Production Management and Camera (group work) 1999 – Med Film Festival Screening – Italy

As Director of Photography

Nohutlu Pilav (Rice with Chick-peas) – Creative Documentary, DV, 45 min, Dir: Özkan Küçük, Director of Photography 2005

Li Serxaniyên Diyarbekirê ( At The Roof-tops of Diyarbekir) – Creative Documentary, DV, 27 min, Dir: Özkan Küçük, Director of Photography 2004 – PAM Environmental Film Festival Award Winner Istanbul

Lastik (The Wheel) – Fiction / DV / 20 min. Dir: Ahmet Soner. Director of Photography 2004

As Production Manager

Fotograf (The Photograph), Fiction, 35mm, 67 min, (Dir: Kazım Öz), Assistant Directing, Editing (Group Work) and Production & Post-Production 2001 – Milano Film Festival Award Winner

Before Snow Falls by Hisham Zaman, Feature Fiction (RED). Istanbul Line-Producer 2013 

Photographic Exibitions (Highlights)

“Meanwhile & Evin’s Story”, Mutterzunge Berlin, 2018

“Evin’s Story & the State we are in”, Konstfrämjändet Stockholm, December 2017 – January 2018

“Evin’s Story”, Mother Tongue, Sveriges Kunstforeningar, Touring Exhibition 2017 – 2018

Evin’s Story & Meanwhile – Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, January 2018

Evin’s Story & Meanwhile – Museum für Neue Kunst – Städtische Museen Freiburg, November 2017

“Evin’s Story” Oslo Museum, TrAP, 2017

“Evin’s Story”, Beachhead’s Peace of Mind, Art Space Auckland, New Zealand May 2016

“Triptych”, Mother Tongue, Gallery 3,14 Bergen, Norway November 2015

“invisible landscapes” London Int. Kurdish Film Festival, November 2015

“Evin’s Story”, the radio by Teatro di Nascosto, Volterra Italy October 2015

“BACK-DROP”, Solo Show, Open Source Gallery, New York City, USA October 2015

“Guerrilla Exhibition” Landskrona Foto Festival – Sweden / August 2014

“invisible landscapes / face to face” Duhok International Film Festival – Duhok Kurdistan / Iraq October 2013

“invisible landscapes / face to face” New Nordic Photography 2013 Hasselblad Center, June-August 2013

“invisible landscapes / face to face” MA Degree Show, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden. November 2012

“invisible landscapes / face to face” solo show, AMED ART GALERY, Sümer Park, Diyarbakır Turkey. May 2012

“Ben u Sen” Berlin Kurdish Film Festival event, Berlin, Germany. November 2011

“Ben u Sen” incontri – meetings, by Teatro di Nascosto, Volterra Italy, November 2011

“Ben u Sen” reGeneration2, Chelsea Gallery, Aperture Foundation – New York, United States, Jan-March 2011

“Ben u Sen” reGeneration2, Centre Gallery, Miami Dade College, United States, Oct-Dec 2010

“Ben u Sen” reGeneration2, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italie September 2010

“Ben u Sen” reGeneration2, Les Rencontres d’Arles, France July-August-September 2010

“Ben u Sen” reGeneration2, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, South Africa July-August 2010

Kuda dici lawo? Where are you going, my son? Konsthall C, Stockholm, Sweden, June 2010

“Otogar Istanbul” individual Exhibition, Mesopotamia Culture Center, Istanbul Turkey, June-July 2010

“Ben u Sen” (Me and You) Individual Exhibition, Planet-K, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy 2009

Otogar Istanbul & “Ben u Sen” (Me and You), Fotograf Evi, Istanbul Turkey, October-November 2009

Otogar Istanbul in Istanbul Art Fair ARTİST, Istanbul, Turkey – November 2008

Iğne deliğinden (through the pinhole) French Cultural Center (Group Exhibition), Istanbul, Turkey – 2008

 Publications

Imago Mundi, In between worlds – Kurdish Contemporary Artists – FABRICA, 2018

Invisible Landscapes – FOAM Magazine, Image Based Activism issue, April 2015

“Ben u Sen” in reGeneration2, Musee dElysee, by Thames & Hudson London 2010.

Otogar Istanbul & “Ben u Sen” (Me and You), HSBC Photography Awards Book Release. 2010

Otogar Istanbul, IZ Photography Journal 24th Volume, Nov-Dec. Turkey & Europe 2009

“Ben u  Sen – A Photographic Essay” Acoustic Levitation Web Journal. USA. June 2009. http://acousticlevitation.org/benusen.html

“Gelenekselden Evrensele” (from Traditional towards Universal) Article on Kamkars Music Ensemble. Esmer – Istanbul, Issue 29 – May 2007