Taking my personal experiences as a reference, I work on matters like belonging and discrimination against class, culture, gender and sexual identity.
After my series "The Dispossessed" which emerged from my family's (hi)story- I am now producing audio recordings, videos, and photographs regarding my state of belonging.
Since I took my mother's camera when I was 6 years old, I have always been passionate about exploring around and I documented what I see from my perspective. Over the years this interest has condensed especially on issues such as gender, cultural identity and discrimination. The reason is that because of the structure of Turkey, I have a chance to explore both East and West values and embracing a life style with mixing them together. Every city I moved has different traditions, conservatism levels and understandings. This chance also brings the feeling of being stuck.
I went on a journey to make sense of these two phenomena. In my first series "The Disposessed" I deepened on my roots and I made shots in Trabzon, Blacksea region. I tried to reveal the inequality of men and women in this society. At my second job, "Shelter" I worked on a part of Y generation in Istanbul who were affected from both westernization and political atmosphere in Turkey. While they were breaking down taboos sexually and culturally, creating new lifestyles and establishing spaces where they can live freely, these places also become their "shelters", the area they were excluded from society.
Both of these works were published on various media channels such as the British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, Dazed and also exhibited at various museums and photography festivals.
Based in Istanbul.
Available for assignment.
Works as a freelance photographer for The New York Times.
The Empire Project, Istanbul
affiliate of PLATFORM by GAPO
2021, PH Museum Photography Grant, New Generation Prize Honorable Mentions
2021, PH Museum Photography Grant Main Prize Shortlist
2021, Shortlisted for the ICP / GOST First Photo Book Award 2020
2021, A Finger for an Eye, Protocinema - Poşe Gallery, Istanbul
2020, Transformative Art Project For Activists, Our Nature, Barın Han, Istanbul
2020, The International Queer - Minorities Film Festival, Safer Space, Vienna
2020, Verzasca Foto Festival Awards, Exhibition, Switzerland
2020, Art Palm Beach Fair, Florida
2019, Heidelberg Queer Art Festival, Heidelberg
2019, Borgo Futuro Festival, Ripe San Ginesio
2018, Elgiz Museum, Resource Utopia, Istanbul
2018, Leica Gallery, A Room Of One's Own, Istanbul
2018, On the Frontiers of Freedom The Rencontres d’Arles, Arles
2018, Arles Photo Festival, Voies Off Exhibition, Arles
2018, Common Places/Parallel Stories, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography
2018, Geniş Açı Dergiden Proje Ofisine, DEPO, Istanbul
2018, Becoming Cure as Care, Daire Sanat, Istanbul
2018, FUAM Photobook Festival, Composite exhibition, Tophane-i Amire Culture & Arts Center, Istanbul
2017, Photozine Exhibion, FailBooks, Istanbul
2017, Sicily Photobook Festival, Dummy Book Exhibition, Sicily
2017, Kopuntu Presents “Confusion” at Macao, Milano
2017, Geography Honor Week Exhibition, GaleriBU, Istanbul
2017, Homecoming, Noks Independent Art Space, Istanbul
2016, Photography Festival, Bursa
2016, Photography Festival, Istanbul
2020, Transformative Art Project for Activists, Turkey
2021, Nikon-Noor Academy - Masterclass, Andrea Bruce, Pep Bonet, Heba Khamis
2018, World Press Photo Master Class Foundation JSM, Amsterdam
2018 - 2019, Women Photograph Mentorship Class, Nicole Tung
2018, Resource Utopia, Goethe-Institut Istanbul, NOKS Art Space, Istanbul
2018, FUAM Photobook Studio Workshop, Istanbul
2017, Diyarbakir Photography and Youth Project, Diyarbakir
2017, Geniş Açı Photography Workshop, SALT Ulus, Ankara
2017, FUAM Photobook Studio Workshop, Istanbul
2021, British Journal of Photography, Cansu Yıldıran reveals the painful reality behind their latest series, Tom Seymour
2020, Z-ONE, Zone Magazine, Ali Beşikçi, Bülent Erkmen
2019, British Journal of Photography, Give me Shelter, Tom Seymour
2019, Dazed Magazine, Photos of young people finding shelter in Istanbul’s underground scene, Clara Hernanz
2019, The Story of the Week is Shelter, PH Museum, Rocco Venezia
2019, Sanrı Fanzine, Cover Photo
2018, Istanbul Art News, Evrim Şener
2018, Burn Diary instagram Takeover and Burn Magazine
2017, British Journal of Photography, Woman Paper Visa Journal Cerebrates Female Photojournalists , Eoin Murray
2017, Visa Pour I’Image Photography Festival, Visa Woman Paper, Anna Alix Koffi, France
2019, ODTU Photography Community, Ankara
2019, Fujifilm Showroom, Eskişehir
2018, Salt Galata Photo Meetings, Istanbul
2018, Panel: Mahalle Geniş Açı, Istanbul
2018, Young Look at Photography, Photographer Gallery, Istanbul
2017, Ufat Photography Days, Bursa
2020- Present, Works as a freelance photographer for The New York Times
2019, Photography and Videography, 140journos
2015 - Present, Undergraduate Student at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts Photography Department, Istanbul