Gözde Mimiko Türkkan […] has built a body of photographic work structured around two major ideas. First, creating an image of her inner self through the self-portrait, making self-portraits that aim to avoid being narcissistic caricatures of herself, to avoid too much amour propre in the image; and second, exploring the gender issue, in relation to herself and to the women and men she photographs, from pole dancers in a strip club and Asian boxers — whose activity this curious, brave Istanbul native sometimes even adopts — to her own grandmother, whom Mimiko has photographed hundreds of times.
Paul Ardenne, extract from Face-to-face with bodies (mine, theirs)

Mimiko (Gözde ‘Mimiko’ Türkkan) (1984, Turkey) is an artist based in Istanbul who mostly produces videos, photography series, artist’s books and text-based works. The first decade of her practice 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. It also emphasises the human body as the most common outward manifestation of the sexual, psychological, emotional and sociological identity. Besides conducting research aimed at developing ongoing projects, she aims to collect the visual and written materials she is drawn to in daily life and through her own bodily experiences, and reveal the connections and flows between them. As a new phase, she has been working towards exploring the expression of the inner flow — innergy — in human bodies and water-bodies for the last three years.

Following a BA degree in Photography & Video from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2008, Mimiko received her MA Fine Art degree in the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2010. In addition to solo exhibitions in Turkey, France and Geneva, she participated in group exhibitions and screenings in various museums and art institutions internationally.

Mimiko is the founder of SyncSociety, a phygital art network which creates and propagates content for the visibility of artists.

Portrait photo courtesy of Can Görkem




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June 2022



University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, MA Fine Art

Photography courses instructor at Istanbul Bilgi University Visual Communication Design Department

Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Communication Photography & Video Department, BA

Pierre et Marie Curie University Paris, Physical Science Department

Lycée Français Pierre Loti d’Istanbul

Turkish, French, English, German


May 2023 Waves of Intention, Pilot Galeri, Istanbul/TR

May 2022 The Colossus of Rhodes, Analix Forever, Geneva/CH

Feb 2020 Sedüksiyon, Bilsart, Istanbul/TR

Jun 2018 Jeu des Portraits en Famille, Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle/FR

May 2017 Wish Tree, Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle/FR

Dec 2015 Wish Tree, The Empire Project, Istanbul/TR

May 2013 Fight-Flight-Freeze, The Empire Project’s Poligon Gallery, Istanbul/TR

Jan 2012 Full contact, Gallery x-ist, Istanbul/TR

May 2011 Baktım sana / Looking back at you, Operation Room Gallery, Istanbul/TR


Apr 2023 Enchanter la Terre, Château du Rivau, Léméré/FR

Nov 2022 (Leaving) the house where we grew up, Monitor İzmir/TR

Oct 2022 Witness of the Flow, Cendere Museum, Istanbul/TR

Sep 2022 Your Body is a Battleground, Agah Uğur Collection exhibition, Istanbul/TR

Jan 2022 What Water Knows, Pilot Galeri, Istanbul/TR

Nov 2021 In Memoriam, Campus Biotech, Geneva/CH

Nov 2021 Water Paintings, Analix Forever, Geneva/CH

May 2021 Send me an Image, CO/Berlin, Berlin/DE

Mar 2020 La Puissance et la Grâce, Analix Forever, Geneva/CH

May 2019 Video Forever 40 by Analix Forever, Danysz Gallery, Paris/FR

Feb 2019  Beau Ideal – Gözde Mimiko Türkkan & Pınar Yoldaş, Pilot Gallery, Istanbul/TR

Sep 2017  Object(s) of Desire, 2017 Louisville Photo Biennial, 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville/USA

Jan 2017  Jeunes Talents, Capitale Galerie, Paris/FR

Jul 2016  Toplayıcılar/Les Glaneurs et Les Glaneuses, Versus Art Project, Istanbul/TR

Sep 2015  (re)present exhibist: 2 years, Mixer Gallery, Istanbul/TR

Aug 2015  Chemcraft, Espacio Gallery, London/UK

Jun 2015  Every Inclusion is an Exclusion of Other Possibilities, SALT, Istanbul/TR

Nov 2014  Ci Editions, Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul/TR

Nov 2014  La Quatrieme Image Photography Fair, Paris/FR

Jun 2014  Focus: Turkey exhibition, Landskrona Photo Festival/SE

Nov 2013  Semiha Es Women Photographers International Symposium, Istanbul/TR

Sep 2013  Unseen Photography Fair 2013, Amsterdam/NL

Jun 2013 Taktil After Work Kulturprogramm, Taktil Workshop, Basel/CH

May 2013  Istanbul Modern’s Close Quarters Exhibition, Istanbul/TR

Nov 2012  Full Art Prize Exhibition, Istanbul/TR

Jun 2012  Scope Basel Art Fair, Basel/CH

Apr 2012  Sotheby’s Auction Contemporary Art – Turkish, London/UK

Nov 2011  Christie’s Auction “Visions d’Orient – De l’orientalisme à l’art contemporain”, Paris/FR

Jun 2011  Human Exhibition, The Empire Project, Istanbul/TR

May 2011  Art HK 11 International Art Fair, Hong Kong

May 2011  Vienna Art Fair, Vienna/AT

May 2011 Caravane 1.2, Art of Mena, Paris/FR

May 2011  Dissecting & Patching Exhibition, Vol de Nuits, Marseille/FR

Nov 2010  Contemporary Istanbul 10, Istanbul/TR

Oct 2010  Intersection IV Exhibition, Gallery x-ist, Istanbul/TR

Sep 2010  Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art Degree Show, London/UK

Apr 2009  6th Ufat Photography Festival, Bursa/TR

Dec 2008  Untitled Exhibition, santralistanbul, Istanbul/TR

Oct 2008  Tershane Taze Beyinlere Ihtiyacımız Var Exhibition, Istanbul/TR

Sep 2008  Istanbul Bilgi University Photography & Video Dept. From Multigrade to Multitouch Exhibition, Photokina Fair, Cologne/DE

2005-2008  Istanbul Bilgi University VCD and POV Depts. Annual Students’ Works Exhibition, Istanbul/TR

2007  !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival, Istanbul/TR

Süreyyya Evren, İç Sanat Ses Siz, Sanat Dünyamız, TR

Point Contemporain hors série – Curiosités Contemporaines #2, FRA

BKN Intimacy Issue, EN

Toplayıcılar / Les Glaneurs et Les Glaneuses exhibition catalog, EN/TR

Landskrona Foto Focus, Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to Istanbul ModernLandskrona stad, SWE
Imago Mundi Istanbul Codex, Contemporary Artists from Turkey, EN/IT/TR
Exhibist Magazine, Issue 5 – Spotlight:ON: Young Photographers / Internal Relations – Cemil Batur Gökceer, Civan Özkanoglu, Gözde Türkkan by Anna Zizlsperger, EN
Full Contact Extended, Book Lab, EN

Close Quarters Exhibition Catalog, EN/TR

Christie’s “Visions d’Orient – De l’orientalisme à l’art contemporain” auction catalog, EN
Baktım sana / Amerikan Hastanesi Yayınları, EN/TR
Pay Here flipbook (pole dancing), Too Many Books, EN

Pay Here Artist’s BooksToo Many Books, EN
Pay Here flipbook (self-portrait), Too Many Books, EN


Jan 2024
Cité Internationale des Arts, Atelier Turquie, Paris/FR

Jan 2022
Istanbul Biennial ÇAP Production and Research Programme, Istanbul/TR

Jan 2020
Atelier AMI Residency, Geneva/CH

Jan 2018
Centre Social le Pertuis, La Rochelle/FR

May 2017
Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle/FR

Nov 2017
“Temporary Portrait Photography Studio” workshop, Centre Social le Pertuis, La Rochelle/FR

May 2017
“Temporary Portrait Photography Studio” workshop, Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle, FR

Nov 2014
“Temporary Portrait Photography Studio” workshop, SALT Galata, Istanbul/TR

Mar 2013
Who Am I workshop, SALT Galata, Istanbul/TR

Jun 2012
Sketchbook workshop, Yıldız Teknik University FKare Photography Festival, Istanbul/TR


Apr 2015
  Photography in all it’s Glory photobook workshop by Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber, Tokyo/JP

Mar 2014
Photobook Masterclass with Marcus Schaden & Frederic Lezmi, Ankara/TR

Feb 2013
Book Lab with Frederic Lezmi, Istanbul/TR

Jun 2015
Untitled self-portrait for Imago Mundi Istanbul Codex, Contemporary Artists from Turkey

Nov 2014
GT_iP_201410 for C.I. Editions

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