about me

I am a Bulgarian born Turkish photographer and visual artist who work with 19.th century printing techniques and experimental photography. Working with these techniques is a way to create distinctive and memorable images with a uniq look and feel that are difficult to achieve with modern techniques. It allows for a deeper understanding of its cultural and historical context. All with these, I did my BA and MFA at Dokuz Eylül University Photography Department on “The Phenomenon of Randomness and Contemporary Applications of 19th Century Photography Printing Techniques”.

My story begins with my father’s old Zenith camera which he hide on the top of bookshelf. Whenever I was alone at home, I was messing with it. I always remember my father with his camera on his hands. Unfortunately, my family was forced to migrate from Bulgaria to Turkey with other 300,000 people in 1989 during the dissolution of the socialist regime. We had to leave most of our photos, this camera and many other belongings behind us. However, that never stopped my father from taking pictures until he passed away at this young age of 34.

Years later, this emotional and traumatic experience led me to turn to photography and reflect it as my artistic expression. I am working on memory, belonging and those left behind. I follow memories, whose fate is to fade away, and which can never be repeated in terms of existence and question the memory and rebuild it.

I use randomness as a tool and turn my experiences into my artistic expression. I am questioning the representation of photography and pushing my limits on how the photographic image can exist in other ways.

It’s all about destiny, accident and coincidence. I am experiencing experience, something “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.

2000 – 2004 Marmara University, Tourism and Guidence

2012 – 2014 Anadolu University, Distance Education Faculty, Photography and Videography

2016 – 2020 9 Eylül University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Photography, BA

2020 – Still   9 Eylül University, Institute of Fine Arts, Photography, MA

 

Exhibitions

2020 BASE, Tophane-i Amire Sanat Merkezi, İstanbul

2020 Bursa Photography Festival, Bursa

2020 Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mediterranean Academy, Universities Design Art Graduation Projects Exhibition (ÜTAS)

2019 Bursa Photography Festival, Bursa

 

Attended Festivals,

2021 Barcelona Experimental Photo Festival, 1 Conference + 2 Workshops