12.12.1996

 

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. 

Represented by

The Empire Project, Istanbul

 

affiliate of PLATFORM by GAPO

 

 

Selected Exhibitions:

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

 

 

Residences:

 

2020, Transformative Art Project for Activists, Turkey 

 

 

Workshops:

 

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

 

 

Publications:

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

 

 

Conversations:

 

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

 

 

Work experience:

 

2020- Present, Works as a freelance photographer for The New York Times 

 

2019, Photography and Videography, 140journos

 

Education:

 

2015 - Present, Undergraduate Student at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts Photography Department, Istanbul