Duygu Nazli Akova

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  • ISEA2016
    Duygu Nazli Akova is an artist and researcher based in Istanbul. As an artist, her work aims to create a dialogue rooted in critical discourse focused on political authority and general social issues, through the use of photography, video and installation. By using the experimental language that puts viewer perception and the plurality of these media in the center, she examines issues such as human rights, freedom, social inequality, consumerism, urban life, urban renewal, immigration, media and justice. She experiments different hybrid forms by turning images that have documentary nature or found footage into metamorphosized images. At its core, she works with real elements like historical documents, archival imagery, cultural research or found footage images like television or media videos, photographs used in newspapers, flea markets, family albums or documentary footage she shot.

    After the manipulation of the visual material, the final form of the piece becomes completely different. She examines the structure of traditional video aesthetics and her videos usually have an experimental language, leaving the traditional horizontal video format behind for a vertical design. The framing and point of view aim to create an illusion. In her recent experimental videos, she aims to create a view of the transformation of Turkey, especially Istanbul. Her own shots are also becoming historical documents day by day and belongs to an archive of memory. She compares the older video and photography footage to today’s chaotic and complex city by using the different mediums which belongs to different period of time of the city. It makes the viewer to face a new reality about the social, political and cultural problems in their daily lives. During the video, the artist leads the spectators to discover various movements in different points of the frame. The close up view and the view from a distance gives the spectators two completely different experiences. When the spectator see the video close up, they realises the micro human figures representing the social role of people living in Istanbul.

Last Known Location:

  • Istanbul , TR

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