Sive Nese Baydar

Sive Nese Baydar was born in 1967. In 1991 she graduated from Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Faculty of Painting. In 1995, she completed her masters degree in I.T.U Visual Environmental Arts Program. In 2003 She got her Proficiency in Arts degree in M.S.U. University of Fine Arts, Faculty of Painting. In 1996 with Y.O.K Overseas Fellowship, she was assigned to the Painting Department of SDU as a research assistant. Between 1999-2003 she was a research fellow in MSGSU in the Fundamental Art Education, Painting Department. 2003- 2005 she was a member of faculty in the Painting Department of GSF, Isparta. Since 2005 she is a member of the faculty in Sakarya University Fine Arts Faculty, Painting Department.

Nese's work doesn't expose itself entirely but creates associations through a method of remembering and reminding. It allows the forms to be completed and portrayed as images in the mind. The erasing action which is done to correct an error is one that opens up creative possibilities in the production process. While the action of erasing reveals that which is underlying, it creates a temporal unity on the surface by bringing the present moment to the same surface. This coherence assists in imaginary space being abstract. It takes reference from nature and establishes contact with the landscape tradition. The lack of use of a Euclidean perspective in works helps to create an atmospheric area into which the viewer is incorporated, rather than observing the landscape from afar.

Kadir Oztoprak

Kadir Oztoprak is a painter who lives and works in Ankara, Turkey. He has a BA in Fine Arts Faculty at Gazi University, painting department. He also works as a Museum Designer at the Ministry of Culture. Kadir Öztoprak is represented by the Soyut Gallery in Ankara and has participated in a number of exhibitions and fairs in Ankara, İstanbul, and İzmir. His paintings have a glimpse of Chagall's early paintings representing dreamy and serene moments.
©Bengi Lostar
©Bengi Lostar

Sevda Kal Sozer

Sevda Kal Sozer received her BA in Painting from Ankara. She has a master's degree with her "self-portrait" thesis from Hacettepe University, Social Sciences Institute. She worked as a graphic designer for Ankara State Opera and Ballet for 12 years. She is still a designer at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. She is inspired by the notion "meronymy", the relation between the part and the whole. Sevda, as an artist fixes by creating and creating by dividing into parts. The structure of the pieces and their relationship composes a playful quality to her paintings.

Baris Ozten

Baris Ozten was born in 1986 in Ankara, Turkey. His interest in painting at a young age gained a dimension in his later years and turned to sculpture and theater. Art, forms and aesthetic values have taken place in his life since his childhood.

He studied interior architecture at the university and graduated with a 2nd degree. After working as an interior designer for 3 years, he started to concentrate on product design.

In 2016, he established his own design and production office, Morfoz Design. While making his works, he reversed the production-to-consumption cycle to a consumption-to-production and preferred waste materials as the only increasing resource in the world. Thus, by giving a second chance to waste materials, it aimed to produce new products and artifacts from them.
©Bengi Lostar

Birsu Celtek

Birsu was born in 1976 in Ankara, Turkey. She graduated from TED Ankara College in 1994. She earned her B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and M.Sc. degree in Biochemistry from the Chemistry Department of Middle East Technical University, Ankara. In 2001, she started studying graphic design in Bilkent University, Ankara and had her degree of BFA in Graphic Design in 2005. She has more than 10 years of experience working in design studios and worked as a designer consultant in various UNDP projects in UN, Turkey.

In 2008, she started her teaching career as an instructor in Graphic Design Department, Bilkent University, Ankara. Among the courses she taught are Graphic Design Studio V & VI, Rendering Techniques for Graphic Designers and Drawing. Her main areas of interest are illustration, identity design and photography. She enjoys printmaking, gardening and cooking.

Bengi Lostar

Bengi Lostar Ozdemir was born in 1980, in Ankara. She graduated from Mimar Sinan University, Department of Art History in 2002. During this period, she was very interested in photography and cinema. She continued her education by taking classes at IFSAK (Istanbul Foundation of Photography and Cinema) including Black and White Printing classes. While she was studying visual art and design at the Vancouver Film School in 2005, she worked on short films and later chose to tell her narratives through photography and illustration. Bengi worked in the creative sector both as a visual artist and as an Expert. She has experience of more than 10 years of working at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Here, she designed, evaluated, and directed culture and art projects. She did her MA in EU Studies in Bonn and wrote a thesis on intercultural dialogue.

Bengi Lostar, who also has experience in curating exhibitions, continues to produce using photography, mixed media, drawing, and illustration. She designs and implements cultural, artistic, and educational projects. In the field of photography, in addition to street photography, she focuses on a visual language that examines everyday life in an unusual poetic way, thus, she is interested in conceptual expression. Bengi participated in exhibitions in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, and Belgium. As for illustration, she seeks to combine her technical experiments on paper with abstract notional subjects using different elements and mediums. She continues to work on her projects in Belgium, France, and Turkey.
©Bahadır Duman

Defne Yasak 

Defne Yasak was born in Istanbul in 1971. She graduated from the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in 1994 and completed her MBA and master's in Art Management at Yeditepe University in 2004. Known for her unique approach to collage and mixed media, Yasak has curated significant exhibitions and participated in numerous artistic projects. Her works focus on the fragmentation and reassembly of forms, exploring the balance between order and chaos. She continues to work as a designer, painter, and consultant, contributing to cultural and artistic education programs and projects.

Defne Yasak's works revolve around the concept of fragmenting a whole and reassembling the pieces into a new and distinct entirety. In her creative process, the artist constructs surfaces dominated by geometric, primarily circular forms. She incorporates printed elements related to her collages alongside other components within her paintings. 

She aims to highlight the contradictions arising from the complex interplay between order and chaos in her pieces.

Efe Ersoy

A psychology graduate from Türkiye, now based in Portugal, he embarked on his film photography journey in 2019, finding solace in its deliberate pace as a means of resisting the relentless rush of modern life. Rooted in psychology, his work centers around the intricate tapestry of the human experience. The streets serve as his canvas, where he captures the raw emotions and fleeting moments that define existence. With each frame, he creates a profound archive, a testament to a life fully lived.

In his photographic odyssey, he aspires to craft a visual narrative that transcends the ordinary, inviting viewers to embark on their own reflective journey. Through his lens, he reveals the rich stories woven within the streets and the souls that intersect, leaving an indelible mark on the viewer's perception of human existence.

Honored to have won the Monochrome category in the Lomography Annual Photography Awards: the TEN AND ONE 2022, the world's largest competition celebrating experimental photography, the top spot was taken in this category by these black and white images that capture the art of balancing light and shadows, showcasing the essence of composition and exposure.
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