GÖZDE MIMIKO TÜRKKAN
Besides mostly producing photography series, I make use of artist’s books, text-based works and videos. My work focuses on gender identities & roles and socially constructed identities while attempting to shed light to some of the deepest drives, desires and fears of the human being through a subjective documentary approach. There is also an ongoing emphasis on the human body as the most common outward manifestation of the sexual, psychological, emotional and sociological identity. I have also travelled to different countries for the realisation of some of my works such as Ukraine, United Kingdom and France (Pay Here series, 2010 and Fight-Flight-Freeze series, 2013) and Thailand (Full Contact series, 2011).
I studied elementary and high school at Lycée Français Pierre Loti in Istanbul and got interested in photography during the year 2000. After a year of study on physical science at Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris, I was admitted to Istanbul Bilgi University Photography and Video Department in 2004 with scholarship. After receiving my BA degree in 2008, I worked as a photography course instructor in the Visual Communication Design Department of the same university. I continued my education in the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London, UK), where I received an MA Fine Art degree in 2010.
!f Istanbul Independent Film Festival (2007), Dissecting & Patching (Vol de Nuits, Marseille, 2011), Art HK11 (Hong Kong, 2011), Close Quarters (Istanbul Modern Museum of Modern Art, 2013), Unseen Photo Fair (Amsterdam, 2013), Landskrona Fotofestival (Sweden, 2014) and Every Inclusion is an Exclusion of Other Possibilities (SALT, İstanbul, 2015), Object(s) of Desire (Louisville Photo Biennial, 21c Museum Louisville, 2017) are some of the group shows, festivals, art fairs and screenings I participated in. In 2011, I opened my first solo show Looking Back at You at Operation Room Gallery, İstanbul, the second Full Contact at Gallery x-ist in 2012, the third Fight-Flight-Freeze at The Empire Project’s Poligon The Shooting Gallery in 2013 and my latest solo show Wish Tree at The Empire Project in 2015, which was later shown at Centre Intermondes La Rochelle in 2017. My work from Pay Here series has participated in Christie’s auction Visions d’Orient, Paris (2011) and Sotheby’s auction Contemporary Art / Turkish, London (2012).