Exploring aesthetics that draw from literature to medieval symbolism, my research embraces subjects recalling my autobiographical past and personal experiences. Silent landscapes, home to ancient Biblical and Koranic stories, an unconscious sense of guilt, the peremptory presence of a feminine person: through these metaphors I reinterpret archetypes and myths belonging to the origins and classical traditions of the Mediterranean area.
Performances, photographic and video works summon back to life their inherent political power, causing them to intimately and subversively betray their origins, and instilling them with new possible meanings and interpretations, in a shift back and forth from East to West.
Supported by: Ko Foundation
BA (Hons), Photography, Istituto Europeo di Design, Italy, 2009; BA (Hons), Fine Art, Accademia Albertina delle Belle Arti, Italy, 2007; BA (Hons), Philosophy, Istanbul University, Turkey, 2003
Dress Code (curated by Martina Corgnati and Amel B Makkawi) , Art SAWA, Dubai, 2012; Daughter of Man (solo show), Alberto Peola Contemporary Art Gallery, Turin, 2011; Venice Biennale, Tese di San Cristoforo – Arsenale/Academies (curated by Vittorio Sgarbi), Venice Biennale, Venice, 2011; Past Present Future – Highlights from the UniCredit Collection (curated by Walter Guadagnini), Yapi Kredi Art Gallery, Istanbul, 2010
Finalist, 12th Premio Cairo - Contemporary Art Prize, 2011; Winner, UniCredit Bank Passport Prize, 2010; Winner, Koç Foundation Grant Award, 2010