Banu Cennetoğlu

Style of Art : Artist / photographer, installation artist
Branch of Art : Photography, visual and installation art
Art Profile :

Banu Cennetoğlu was born in Ankara in 1970. After studying psychology at Boğaziçi University between 1989 and 1994, she moved to Paris and pursued her study in photography at Speos, Paris Photographic Institute for a year. In 1996, she attended the International Festival of Photography, and received “Personal Research Award” in Biarritz. She then moved to New York, where she lived until 2002. From 1998 to 2000, she conceived and realized monthly TV programs for Manhattan Public Access with Judy Elkan as a series of 29mn videos in New York. Cennetoğlu was a guest artist at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam between 2002 and 2003. In 2006, she returned to Turkey and founded the BAS, a space focusing on artist books and other printed media works.

Cennetoğlu works with photography, installation and printed matter. Her research explores areas of socio-political uncertainty and documentation of such uncertainty as well as the questioning of the ability of the photographic medium to document. Her recent exhibitions include Geographies of the invisible / Max Museo, 53rd Venice Biennial, The Pavilion of Turkey, 5th Berlin Biennial, 10th Istanbul Biennial, 1st Athens Biennial, Brave New Worlds / La Coleccion Jumex and Walker Art Center and Wherever You Go /San Francisco Art Institute, and The List. Between 1993 and 2003, she published series of photographs in several international publications and printed matters such as Liberation (Fr), Purple (Fr), Crash (Fr), Big (Fr), Wired (USA), Vibe (USA), Raygun (USA), C Magazine (Be), Kilimanjaro (UK), Independent (UK), and Composite (Jp). Currently, Cennetoğlu lives and works in Istanbul.

Selected exhibitions:
1997, "French Photography?", The Deep, Tokyo
1997, "Landscape", Void, New York
1998, "9 Women Photographers", Alleged Gallery, New York
1998, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
2001, "Nature dominante, d’autre paysage", Photoforum Pasquart, Journee photographique de Bienne
2001, "Nature dominante, d’autre paysage", Art/Process, Paris
2001, "Visions 01", Conciergerie, Paris
2001, "Images de la Turquie", Le Petit Palais, Paris
2002, "Corridor", Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam
2002, "Chic Clicks", Fotomuseum, Winterthur
2002, "Chic Clicks", Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
2003, a book launch "False Witness", Istanbul
2003, "False Witness", Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam
2003, "Bogo dia", Centre Soleil d’Afrique, Bamako
2003, "Into the Breach", Smart Project Space, Amsterdam
2003, Moscow House of Photography, Visions 01
2003, "No More Than I Know", Australian Center For Photography, Sydney
2003, "Chic Clicks", NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaf, Duesseldorf
2004, "Visitors", Galerist, Istanbul
2004, "Brothers, Sisters and Birds", Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
2004, "False Witness", KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 3rd Berlin Biennale
2005, Office for Contemporary Art Oslo, Norway
2005, "Sweet Taboos", National Gallery for Arts, 3rd Tirana Biennale
2005, "In a tall distance with Mr. Reis", BAS, Istanbul
2005, "Information / Transformation", Extra City Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp
2005, "On Mobility"De Appel, Amsterdam
2005, "Telegram", Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
2006, "Rejection EpisodesVooruit", Gent
2006, "EurHope 1153 Contemporary Art from the Bosphorus", Villa Manin, Udine
2006, "Where Ever We Go", Spazio Oberdan, Milano
2006, "Pixels of Reality", PSWAR, Amsterdam
2006, Anspach Center, Brussels by Mira Sanders
2007, "Ver-Huising", Jan Cunen Museum, Oss 

Workshops and Lectures:
2002, Chamarande, France: A group workshop with Hamish Fulton and Christine Quoiraud based on Butoh
2003, Bamako, Mali: A group workshop with Narcisse Tordoir based on bogolan and photography
2004, Lecture ‘The symposium Who′s to follow?’ De Appel, Amsterdam
2005, Oslo, Norway: A group workshop with students from Oslo Art Academy about printed matter and artist publications
2005, Artist Talk Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo
2005, Lecture ‘Information/ Transformation’ ExtraCity, Antwerp
2006, Citizens Without Boundaries with Ola Nelson
2006, Lecture ‘BAS and Artists’ Books’ Sabanci University, Istanbul
2006, Istanbul, Turkey: A group workshop with students from Yildiz Technical University about art and politics

Reference:,,,, “Unleashed Contemporary Art from Turkey”, (ed. Hossein Amirsadeghi, London: TransGlobe Publishing, 2010), p. 108-109.

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City : Ankara
Country : Turkey
Preferred Lang. : Turkish / English
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