Cansu Yıldıran

12.12.1996 Taking my personal experiences as a reference, I work on matters like belonging and discrimination against class, culture, gender and sexual identity. After my series "The Dispossessed" which emerged from my family's (hi)story- I am now producing audio recordings, videos, and photographs regarding my state of belonging. Since I took my mother's camera when I was 6 years old, I have always been passionate about exploring around and I documented what I see from my perspective. Over the years this interest has condensed especially on issues such as gender, cultural identity and discrimination. The reason is that because of the structure of Turkey, I have a chance to explore both East and West values and embracing a life style with mixing them together. Every city I moved has different traditions, conservatism levels and understandings. This chance also brings the feeling of being stuck. I went on a journey to make sense of these two phenomena. In my first series "The Disposessed" I deepened on my roots and I made shots in Trabzon, Blacksea region. I tried to reveal the inequality of men and women in this society. At my second job, "Shelter" I worked on a part of Y generation in Istanbul who were affected from both westernization and political atmosphere in Turkey. While they were breaking down taboos sexually and culturally, creating new lifestyles and establishing spaces where they can live freely, these places also become their "shelters", the area they were excluded from society. Both of these works were published on various media channels such as the British Journal of Photography, Dazed and also exhibited at various museums and photography festivals. Based in Istanbul. Available for assignment.

Selected Exhibitions:

 2021, A Finger for an Eye, Protocinema - Poşe Gallery, Istanbul 2020, Transformative Art Project For Activists, Our Nature, Barın Han, Istanbul 2020, The International Queer - Minorities Film Festival, Safer Space, Vienna 2020, Verzasca Foto Festival Awards, Exhibition, Switzerland 2020, Art Palm Beach Fair, Florida 2019, Heidelberg Queer Art Festival, Heidelberg 2019, Borgo Futuro Festival, Ripe San Ginesio 2018, Elgiz Museum, Resource Utopia, Istanbul 2018, Leica Gallery, A Room Of One's Own, Istanbul 2018, On the Frontiers of Freedom The Rencontres d’Arles, Arles 2018, Arles Photo Festival, Voies Off Exhibition, Arles 2018, Common Places/Parallel Stories, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography 2018, Geniş Açı Dergiden Proje Ofisine, DEPO, Istanbul 2018, Becoming Cure as Care, Daire Sanat, Istanbul 2018, FUAM Photobook Festival, Composite exhibition, Tophane-i Amire Culture & Arts Center, Istanbul 2017, Photozine Exhibion, FailBooks, Istanbul 2017, Sicily Photobook Festival, Dummy Book Exhibition, Sicily 2017, Kopuntu Presents “Confusion” at Macao, Milano 2017, Geography Honor Week Exhibition, GaleriBU, Istanbul 2017, Homecoming, Noks Independent Art Space, Istanbul 2016, Photography Festival, Bursa 2016, Photography Festival, Istanbul
2020, Transformative Art Project for Activists, Turkey
2021, Nikon-Noor Academy - Masterclass, Andrea Bruce, Pep Bonet, Heba Khamis 2018, World Press Photo Master Class Foundation JSM, Amsterdam 2018 - 2019, Women Photograph Mentorship Class, Nicole Tung 2018, Resource Utopia, Goethe-Institut Istanbul, NOKS Art Space, Istanbul 2018, FUAM Photobook Studio Workshop, Istanbul 2017, Diyarbakir Photography and Youth Project, Diyarbakir 2017, Geniş Açı Photography Workshop, SALT Ulus, Ankara 2017, FUAM Photobook Studio Workshop, Istanbul
2020, Z-ONE, Zone Magazine, Ali Beşikçi, Bülent Erkmen 2019, British Journal of Photography, Give me Shelter, Tom Seymour 2019, Dazed Magazine, Photos of young people finding shelter in Istanbul’s underground scene, Clara Hernanz 2019, The Story of the Week is Shelter, PH Museum, Rocco Venezia 2019, Sanrı Fanzine, Cover Photo, Istanbul 2018, Istanbul Art News 2018, Burn Diary (Burn Magazine) Takeover, Instagram 2017, British Journal of Photography, Woman Paper Visa Journal Cerebrates Female Photojournalists , Eoin Murray 2017, Visa Pour I’Image Photography Festival, Visa Woman Paper, Anna Alix Koffi, France
 2019, ODTU Photography Community, Ankara 2019, Fujifilm Showroom, Eskişehir 2018, Salt Galata Photo Meetings, Istanbul 2018, Panel: Mahalle Geniş Açı, Istanbul 2018, Young Look at Photography, Photographer Gallery, Istanbul 2017, Ufat Photography Days, Bursa
Work experience: 
Works freelance for the NY Times since 2020 2019, Photography and Videography, 140journos
2015- Present, Undergraduate Student at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts Photography Department, Istanbul


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