SERGEN ŞEHİTOĞLU

Born in 1980 in Istanbul, Sergen Şehitoğlu studied at St. Joseph High School and mechanical engineering at Yıldız Technical University (YTÜ). He continued his master’s studies in photography at Marmara University and after his first solo exhibition at I.F.M Leica Gallery his works have been exhibited in various galleries and art fairs in Istanbul, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, London, İzmir, Ankara, Bursa, Basel, Paris and Vienna.
Recently creating works in the field of post-internet, the artist presents his data visualizations as photographic/visual products.
Having published the photography books “O dB” in 2013 and “Kill Memories” in 2016, Şehitoğlu is one of the founding members of the photography initiative GFI. He lives and works in Istanbul. He is the founder and conductor of the magazine “xx-yy-magazine”. He is represented by Sanatorium Gallery Istanbul.

“Sergen Şehitoğlu’s fundamental concern is to focus on his period and on its conditions. His photographs, on which he’d been working on for the past few years, focused directly on the contemporary people’s living conditions and experiences. Challenging the concept of privacy in a world that redefines the boundaries of photography and where systems of control reign supreme, these works carried Sergen’s practice to a whole new level, as a contemporary tool and as an exercise of viewing such issues. Drawing our attention, through his photographs, to how uses of technology and to how they bend our understanding of ethics, the artist allows the spectators to observe the situation from a whole new perspective “  

Solo Exhibitions

 

“Seascapes (at lockdown)” – Sanatorium, Istanbul (2021)

“Pebbles” – Sanatorium, Istanbul (2020)

“GSV_Singapore” – Bilsart, Istanbul (2020)

“Trials: On Fonction” – Tasmektep, Adatepe (2019)

“Chance and Necessity” coll. with Kerem Ozan Bayraktar – Sanatorium, Istanbul (2018)

“Trials: 310 Artist Portraits” – Sanatorium, Istanbul (2017)

“Kill Memories” – Backslash Gallery, Paris (2016)

“cubbyhole” – Sanatorium, Istanbul (2015)

“This is İnönü” – Foto Istanbul Photography Festival, Istanbul (2014)

“0 dB” – Sanatorium, Istanbul  (2013)

“3” Underground – K2 Contemporary Art Center, Izmir (2012)

“2” New Underground – Art-Place, Berlin (2011)

“1” Turning – Before it came – Underground – Photography Center of Istanbul Leica Gallery (2010)

 

Group Exhibitions

 

“Saint-Joseph: Battements d’une machine fabuleuse”, curated by Aslı Seven, Lycée Saint-Joseph Istanbul (2021)

“At the End of the Day” , Odunpazarı Modern Museum, Eskişehir (2020)

“Perform and Negogiate” curated by Ali Taptık, 212 Photography Festival, Istanbul (2020)

“Lens’19” curated by Sena Çakırkaya, Mixer, Istanbul (2019)

“Fragments of a Hologram Rose” curated by L.Blanco & L.Bernhardt, Sanatorium, Istanbul (2019)

“Sweet Little Lies” curated by Marcus Graf, Plato Istanbul (2018)

“Encounters” ( with Anna Barlik, Julian Palacz ), SCAG Vienna (2018)

“27.11” – Backslash Gallery, Paris (2014)

“Sublime/Yüce”, Sanatorium , Istanbul (2014)

“Arada Interdisciplinary Art Festival”, Istanbul (2012)

“Summer Show”, Foto8 Gallery, London (2012)

“Energ’etic View”, I.M.S.G Istanbul (2011), IFSAK (2011), Contemporary Art Center Ankara (2011)

“Lycée Saint-Joseph 140th Year Exhibit” (with A.Sel – M.Germen), Swissotel The Bosphorus (2010), Lycée Saint-Joseph Istanbul (2011)

“My Istanbul”, Bahcesehir University (2009), European Commission Berlaymont Building Brussels (2010)

“About Water”, Nazım Hikmet Cultural Center (2007)

“Family”, IFSAK (2007)

 

Fairs

 

Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul (2021, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013)

Vienna Art Fair, Vienna (2018, 2013)

Volta 11 Art Fair, Basel (2015)

Art International, Istanbul (2014)

 

 

Publications

 

“Seascapes (at lockdown), Book Published by Sanatorium, 2021

“9 information cards” for the book “Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words”, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, 2019

“Kill Memories”, Book Published by Espas, 2016

“Istanbul Codex – Contemporary Artists from Turkey”, Book published by Antiga Edizioni, 2016

“cubbyhole”, Exhibition booklet

“0 dB”, Book Published by Espas, 2013

The Glocal Museum, Issue #2

“Weekend portfolios”, Le Journal de la Photographie, 21.07.2012
Silvershotz International Journal of Fine Art Photography, FOLIOS, 2011

F-stop Magazine, Issue #47

“1”, Exhibition catalogue

 

 

Design Works

 

“Surreel Landscape” – Gilan Jewelery Window Displays, Istanbul, 2021

“Homo Volant” – Automn Hermes Window Displays, Istanbul, 2021

“Stone Age” – Spring Hermes Window Displays, Istanbul, 2021

“Ziyafet” – Winter Hermes Window Displays, Istanbul, 2020

Smart Nature Houses” – Autumn Hermes Window Displays, Istanbul, 2020

“Defense of Syracuse” – Summer Hermes Window Displays, Istanbul, 2020

 

 

 

 

Performances & Seminars & Artist Talks & Workshops

 

Lecture-performance on chemistry science, prepared for Kerem Ozan Bayraktar’s exhibition, Sanatorium, Istanbul 2019

“Landslide”, with Ali Miharbi, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Yağız Özgen, Salt Galata Istanbul, 2017

“Kill Memories” Book signing, Polycopies Paris, 2016

Workshop, Y.T. University, Istanbul, 2016

“Post-Internet”, Marmara University, Istanbul, 2016

“Photography and new media”, I.T.University, Istanbul, 2015

“This is Inonu”, Bahcesehir University, 2014

“0 dB”, Uludag University, Bursa (2012)