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Tahir Ün

Turkey

Last updated: February 16, 2016

ABOUT ME | PORTFOLIO

If art is a language to express myself, then inspiration ought to be the very life in which I am. And societal issues troubling me every so often, and sometimes my own dilemmas… Lies in the foundation of all a moral and humanitarian urge to question, shaped by one’s own ideologies.

BIOGRAPHY

Tahir Ün was born in Turkey. He holds a BA degree from Language and History-Geography Faculty of Ankara University, where he studied History of European Arts.

His photographs are published in many magazines as “Foto” Magazine by Revista Foto S. L. , Madrid, Spain, “Zoom International” Magazine by Progreso Fotografico Editrice, Italy and “Foto Kino Magazine tillaeg International Photography” by Konkordia Kvissel, Denmark since 1983 and accepted some collections as Polaroid Collection, Ransom Center Photography, State Museum of Majdenek, Rhizome Artbase, etc.

Tahir Ün published three books are titled “Imagined Views/Moments of Revulsion” Photographs in 1990 and “The Poetic Introduction of Representation of the Hidden Photograph” Poems in 1995 and “Xinjiang : My Ancestral Land” photographs in 2012. Also, his articles about image theory are published in Turkish art magazines since 2000. His works have been displayed in numerous events including 24 one-man exhibitions.

Tahir Ün is currently active also in new media arts and an instructor in the Communication Faculty of Yasar University at Izmir.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013
• “Xinjiang : My Ancestral Land” solo photo exhibition, Kara Gallery, ANKARA.
• “Xinjiang : My Ancestral Land” solo photo exhibition, Beyoglu Art Gallery, ISTANBUL.

2012
• “Xinjiang : My Ancestral Land” solo photo exhibition, State Museum for Painting and Sculpture, IZMIR.
• “Nylon Refuges”, solo photo exhibition, Cizgelikedi Culture Center Art Gallery, IZMIR.

2011
• Backlight 9th. Photo Festival, "Nylon Refuges" solo exhibition, TR2 Kunsthalle, TAMPERE.

2006
• Memos for the passage" solo exhibit, Underground Photo Gallery, IISALMI.

2005
• “Nihility or Identity” solo exhibit, in the art programme of the 23rd. Universiade Olympic Games, IZMIR.

1998
• "Nihility or Identity" solo exhibit, The Lamp Gallery/ YORKSHIRE
• "Nihility or Identity" solo exhibit, Boekhandel De Verbeelding, AMSTERDAM.
• "Faces and Dreams" solo exhibit, Artlink Exchange Gallery, YORKSHIRE.

1997
• "Menhir" Photo - Installation by Tahir Un Old Laundry of Yoruk Village, SAFRANBOLU.

1995
• "Faces and Dreams" solo exhibit, 3rd. Fotonoviembre Int. Biennial, La Caixa Galeria, LA LAGUANA.

1993
• "Details From Life" solo exhibit, Akbank Art Gallery, ANKARA.

1992
• "Polaroids" solo exhibit, Arsiv Art Gallery, ISTANBUL.

1990
• "Photographs 1980-1990" solo exhibit, Istanbul Photography Days, France Culture Center, ISTANBUL.

1989
• "Imagined Views 2" solo exhibit, T. A. A. Hekimgil Art Gallery, ANKARA.

1988
• "Imagined Views 1" solo exhibit, Refo Photography Center, ISTANBUL.
• "ImaginedViews 1" solo exhibit, Turco - British Art Gallery, ANKARA.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014
• FOTONIC Photo Festival, finalist of Evening Screenings Awards with 2 projects: “Xinjiang:Re-Construction” and “The Shift in Coal Mine”, (2014), Slovenia.
• Kolga Award Exhibition, “The best photos of the year” joint exhibit , TBILISI.
• Espy Photography Award Exhibition, “Urban & Rural” joint exhibit, SWANSEA.

2013
• ART SUR-FACES, digital image joint exhibition, Gallery Margarida de Araújo, SERPA.
• Festival Voies Off, “Romans:Glocal Alteration”, multimedia photo show for the special programme: "Rester Partir, le voyage impossible", ARLES.
• PHODAR 8th Photo Biennial, “Glocalization” joint exhibit, Ilia Beshkov Art Gallery, PLEVEN.

2012
• Im[m]agine, Objet d’art, SACS (Space of Contemporary-Experimental Art), Quiliano, SAVONA
• Copengagen Photo Festival, "Frederiksberg Photo Walk", COPENHAGEN.
• Festiwal Sztuka i Dokumentacjai, “Sztuka-Obiekt-Zapis”, Galeria Imaginarium, LODZ.

2011
• “Turkish Photography Today”, joint exhibit, Photography Museum, ISTANBUL.
• Celeste Prize Final Exhibition, (as a guest artist) joint exhibit, Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NEWYORK.
• XI.Fotonoviembre Int. Biennial "Atlantica Colectivas" joint exhibit, Centro Cultural Los Cristianos, ARONA.
• Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie,"Transience" joint photo-exhibition, Galerie Huit, ARLES.

2010
• "We Are All Photographers of the Public Space!, joint show, Musée de l'Elysée, LAUSANNE.

1998
• "On the Road" joint exhibit, the on-line interactive imaging project by Cafe Society, YORKSHIRE.

1997
• IV.Fotonoviembre Int. Biannial "Interventions" joint exhibit, Cultural Center of The Christians, TENERIFE.

1996
• Contemporary Turkish Photography" joint eshibit, HABITAT / Silahhane, Yildiz Palace, ISTANBUL.

1995
• "Turkish Plastic Art Exhibitions" joint exhibit, Art Festival, HOUSTON

1994
• "Contemporary Art Photography by Turkish Photographers" joint exhibit, SANTA FE.

1992
• "Selections 6" by Polaroid, joint exhibit, FotoKino, COLOGNE.

1991
• "Turkish Photography, Today" joint exhibit, LINZ.

1990
• "Turkey, Ich Liebe Dich !" Mainzer Rathauses, joint exhibit, MAINZ.

1989
• “Turkish Photography in Republic Period” joint exhibit, Emlak Bank Art Gallery, ISTANBUL.

AWARDS

• FOTONIC Photo Festival, finalist of Evening Screenings Awards with 2 projects “Xinjiang:Re-Construction” and “The Shift in Coal Mine”, (2014), Slovenia.
• Kolga Award, “Xinjiang:Re-construction” is shortlisted in the category: Conceptual Series (2014), Georgia.
• Kolga Award, “China Portraits: Kirghiz Girl” is shortlisted in the category: One-shots (2014), Georgia.
• Espy Photography Award, “Xinjiang:Re-construction” is shortlisted (2014), Great Britain.
• PAA (Photo Annual Awards), honorable mention for “China Portraits” (2013), Czech Republic.
• FotoVisura Grant, honorable mention for “Nakhchivan” (2013), U.S.A.
• Patras Independent Film & Video Festival, The Best VideoArt Prize for “Pose” (2012), Greece.
• Krakow SnapFilm Festival, The 2nd. Prize for “Facial Perception” in category: Experimental (2012), Poland.
• Fonland Festival, The Best Digital Image Prize for “Nihility or Identity” (2011), Portugal.
• Selected as "2000 Years' Artist" by Turkish Official TV (TRT), ANKARA.
• AFAD and Seyhan Municipality, The Sahin Kaygun Prize for “the best Turkish Photographer” (1993), Turkey.
• Photo Awards of The Ministry of Culture, The First Prize for “On the Way” in the category: Black and White (1992), Turkey.
• Nasreddin Hodja International Photo Competition, 2nd. prize, (1988), Turkey.

OTHER

VIDEOGRAPHY & SCREENINGS

Kinetic (2013)

2013 – “Abstract Currents: An Interactive Video Event”, Pop Rally, MOMA, NEWYORK.

The Game (2013)

2014 - Festival Oodaaq, Art Video & Images Nomades, RENNES, France.
2014 – Fonland Festival, COIMBRA, Portugal.
2013 – 5th. Cairo Video Festival, CAIRO, Egypt.
2013 – Rassegna d’arte contemporanea, QUILIANO, Italy.
2013 – MIA Video Screenings, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena (CA), USA.

Pose (2011)

2014 – Special screening in the "Le Dessous Des Cartes" (during the exhibit of Leonora Bisagno), RENNES,
2013 – MIA Pop-Up Video Exhibition, Earth & Arts Festival, PASADENA, USA.
2013 – Festival Oodaaq, Art Video & Images Nomades, RENNES, France.
2013 – 16éme Traverse Vidéo , Festival de vidéos actuelles et contemporaines à TOULOUSE.
2012 - 14th. International Panorama of Independent Film and Video Makers, PATRAS, Greece.
2012 – FILE - Electronic Language International Festival, Art Gallery of SESI-SP, SAO PAULO.
2012 – Festival Internacional de la Imagen,VIII Media Art Monographic Showcase, MANIZALES.
2011 – The Madrid Festival of Contemporary Audio-Visual Arts (MADATAC 02), MADRID.

Facial Perception (2010)

2013 - "UTOPIE DISTRIBUÉE", Videoart Group Exhibition,Galerie White Project, PARIS, France.
2013 - 16éme Traverse Vidéo Festival, Toulouse, France.
2012 - VIDEOAKT International Videoart Biennial, Cervantes Institute, BERLIN, Germany.
2012 - FIVA Festival Internacional de VideoArte, BUENOS AIRES, Argentina.
2012 - StreeTVideOart, Larcade Gallery, PARIS, France.
2012 - Im[m]agine - Objet d’art, SACS, QUILIANO, Italy.
2012 - Festival Internacional de Video Creación Close Up Vallarta, PUERTO VALLARTA.
2012 - Festival Internacional de la Imagen,VIII Media Art Monographic Showcase, MANIZALES.
2012 - Kraków SnapFilm Festiwal, KRAKOW, Poland.
2012 - Yara Winter Festival, The Ukrainian Institute & Yara’s Art Group, NY, USA.
2011 - BIDEODROMO - Festival Internacional de Cine y Video Experimental, BILBAO, Spain.
2011 - VAD Festival Internacional de Video i Arts Digitals, GIRONA, Spain.
2011 – 13rd. International Panorama of Independent Film and Video Makers, PATRAS, Greece.
2011 - Façade Video Festival, PLOVDIV, Bulgaria.
2011 - "Festival Aurau", One Minute Film Video Festival, AURAU
2011 - VideoAKT International Videoart Biennial, LOOP, BARCELONA
2011 - 13rd. International Cultural Studies Symposium, Ege University, IZMIR.
2011 - FONLAND #07 Digital Arts Festival, COIMBRA
2011 - Terminal Third Annual Short Video Festival, CLARKSVILLE, TN
2010 - Alternative 2010 Film/Video Festival, BEOGRAD.
2010 - The Madrid Festival of Contemporary Audio-Visual Arts (MADATAC 02), MADRID.
2010 - “Festival do Minuto, (autobiography)” (cut version), SAO PAULO, Brasil.

Death of Cameraman (2010)

2011 - BIDEODROMO - Festival Internacional de Cine y Video Experimental, BILBAO.
2010 - “Festival do Minuto, (autobiography)” SAO PAULO.
2010 - “7th. Yıldız Short Film Festival” ISTANBUL.

Direction (2006)

2011 - "Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques”, MARSEILLE.
2011 - BIDEODROMO - Festival Internacional de Cine y Video Experimental, BILBAO.
2011 - "Genç Karma Sergisi", Sanat Akmerkez'de 7, Tunca Art Gallery, ISTANBUL
2011 - "Festival Aurau", One Minute Film Video Festival, AURAU
2011 - "Videoholica", International Video Art Festival, VARNA
2011 - "Arayüz-Galeri Sayı:1/Güncelle!", Hayaka Artı Çukucuma, ISTANBUL
2011 - 13rd. International Cultural Studies Symposium, Ege University, IZMIR.
2010 - “Festival do Minuto, SAO PAULO.
2008 - VideoArt Days 2, Cyprus International University, NICOSIA.
2007 - Melbourne Fringe Festival, "Digital Fringe", MELBOURNE
2007 - "Athens Videoart Festival" Technopolis, ATHENS.
2006 - "PI Performance & Intermedia Festival", PI Five, OFFICYNA, SZCZECIN.
2006 - “ODTÜ Video Meeting” ANKARA.
2006 - “3rd. Yıldız Short Film Festival” ISTANBUL.

Old Darling (2006)

2010 - Melbourne Fringe Festival, "Digital Fringe", MELBOURNE
2006 - Bienaldo ano 3000, MAC | Museu de Arte Contemporânea, SAO PAULO.

Distress in the City (2005)

2011 - BIDEODROMO - Festival Internacional de Cine y Video Experimental, BILBAO.
2009 - The 1st. International Roaming Biennial of Tehran "Urban Jealousy" Gallery Elektrika, BELGRADE.
2009 - AllArtNow 1st International Video Art Festival, DAMASCUS.
2008 - The 1st. International Roaming Biennial of Tehran "Urban Jealousy" Galerie Wallywoods, BERLIN.
2008 - Video Art Days 2, Cyprus International University, NICOSIA.
2008 - The 1st. International Roaming Biennial of Tehran "Urban Jealousy" Hafriyat Karaköy, İSTANBUL.
2006 - "Third Circuits" ARTIST 16th. İstanbul Art Fair, Video-Art Program, Karşı Sanat Çalışmaları, İSTANBUL.
2006 - "PI Performance & Intermedia Festival", PI Five, OFFICYNA, SZCZECIN.
2006 - “ODTÜ Video Meeting” ANKARA.
2006 - “3rd. Yıldız Short Film Festival” ISTANBUL.

Where is my dream? (2005)

2008 - Melbourne Fringe Festival, "Digital Fringe", MELBOURNE.
2008 - VideoArt Days 2, Cyprus

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