Call me Ci. I was born in Beyoğlu, Istanbul on July 6th, 1986. I studied Italian Language and Literature at Istanbul University. Following that, I worked for advertising agencies as a copywriter and creative director for many years. I was 28 when I discovered visual storytelling. I did music photography and photojournalism for a while, then I decided to devote my time solely to my own stories.

My work is focused on Istanbul and its personal psychogeography. Adopting documentary as a secondary function, I tell stories using the scenes of my city. My distinct color palette is a derivation of the look of Italian giallos from the ‘70s, and I take cues from the cinematography of classic horror films in my visual language. All of my photographs take place in the daytime.

More about my work

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  2. Exhibitions
  3. Texts
  4. Assignments
  5. Prints



Favourites

Suspiria (1977)
Cat’s Cradle (1963)
 The Smiths (1984)
Timeline of the far future



Blog posts

2023-08-29    Suzan

Exhibitions


Upcoming

  • 2024 Italo Calvino 100+1 Yaşında! / Kıraathane / Istanbul, Turkey / Curated by Bilge Bal & Sevil Enginsoy Ekinci / Group — Opening: February 23rd
Selected

  • 2023 One Akaretler II / Akaretler / Istanbul, Turkey / Curated by Begüm Güney / Group
  • 2023 Love, Peace, And Harmony / ArtIstanbul Feshane / Istanbul, Turkey / Curated by Bengü Gün / Group
  • 2023 Manzaradan Öte (Beyond the Landscape) / Mixer / Istanbul, Turkey / Duo
  • 2022 - 2023 Zamane İstanbulları (Istanbuls Today) / Pera Museum (catalogue) / Istanbul, Turkey / Curated by Refik Akyüz & Serdar Darendeliler / Group
  • 2022 Unutursan Darılmam (No Offence If You Forget) / Mamut Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey / Solo, Festival
  • 2022 Unutursan Darılmam (No Offence If You Forget) / Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal / Solo, Festival
  • 2022 Our Dear Friends, Animals / 212 Photography Istanbul, Turkey / Group
  • 2018 A Pillar of Smoke / Jimei x Arles International Photography Festival, Xiamen, China / Group
  • 2018 A Pillar of Smoke / Galerie Paris-B, Paris, France / Group
  • 2018 A Pillar of Smoke / Les Rencontres d’Arles, France / Curated by Ilgın Deniz Akseloğlu & Yann Perreau / Group
  • 2017 Postcards from Tarlabaşı / Pasaj, Istanbul, Turkey / Curated by Giorgio Caione & Christian Oxenius / Group

Her Şeyin Kötü Gittiğine Dair Emareler (Signs That Everything Is Going Wrong, 2016 - 2022) as part of Zamane İstanbulları (Istanbuls Today, 2022 - 2023) at Pera Museum (Pera Müzesi) in Istanbul, Turkey.


Catalogue cover of the exhibition Zamane İstanbulları (Istanbuls Today, December 2022 - September 2023) at Pera Museum (Pera Müzesi).


Unutursan Darılmam (No Offence If You Forget, 2018 - 2023) as part of Encontros da Imagem (2022) at Largo do Paço in Braga, Portugal.