Deniz Johns

Visual Communication

Problems of Protest

Digital video

I began filmmaking as a choreographer and a linguist. As a choreographer I was interested in the dichotomy between movement and stillness, sound and silence, and their relationship to architecture. My years of research in dance and language highly influence my work, as well as sociopolitical issues. Being born to an activist family only a few years before the military junta took over in Turkey and growing up in those circumstances, I cannot help but be aware of ideology in art, architecture, language and in every part of our lives. This strand of my background arises in each of my work, either strongly or subtly.

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BA (Hons), Film Studies (First class), Anglia Ruskin University, 2009; BA (Hons), Polish Language and Literature (First class), Ankara University, Turkey, 2000


Assistant assessor, Royal College of Art, 2012; Programmer, Royal College of Art, 2010–12; Workshop leader, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2009; Artistic collaborator/filmmaker, Seven Sisters Group, London, 2008–11


On the Edgware Road, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2012; Red Tape, Royal College of Art, 2010–11; Park Nights, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2009; International Women's Day Special Programme, Cambridge Arts Picture House, Cambridge, 2009


Winner, Matthews Wrightson Charity Trust Award, 2012; Short list, Constance Fairness Foundation Prize, 2011; First prize, Creative and Critical Excellence, Communication, Film and Media Prize, Anglia Ruskin University, 2009