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 colour 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. Almost all of my photographs take place in the daytime.

More about my work

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Exhibitions
  3. Texts
  4. Assignments
  5. Editions 🆕



Favourites

Fujifilm X70 (2016)
Suspiria (1977)
Cat’s Cradle (1963)
The Smiths (1984)
Timeline of the far future



Recent Links

Exhibitions


Current

  • 2024 Black Out / TOT: Galata / Istanbul, Turkey / Curated by Serra Çevik / Group (May 9 - June 27, 2024)
Selected

  • 2024 Italo Calvino 100+1 Yaşında! (Italo Calvino Is 100+1 Years Old!) / Kıraathane / Istanbul, Turkey / Curated by Bilge Bal & Sevil Enginsoy Ekinci / Group
  • 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


Installations


Her Şeyin Kötü Gittiğine Dair Emareler (Signs That Everything Is Going Wrong, 2016 - 2022)
Zamane İstanbulları (Istanbuls Today, 2022 - 2023)
Pera Museum (Pera Müzesi)
Istanbul, Turkey
Catalogue cover: Zamane İstanbulları (Istanbuls Today, 2022 - 2023)



Unutursan Darılmam (No Offence If You Forget, 2018 - 2023)
Encontros da Imagem (2022)
Largo do Paço, Braga, Portugal