Serkan Taycan (1978, Gaziantep, Turkey) is an artist/researcher and academic with an engineering and photojournalism background. He lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey.
In his research-based artistic practice, he focuses on the dynamics of ecological and urban transformations caused by human activity. Specifically, water-related topics have constituted the focus of his recent work, where he uses media such as photography, video, mapping, and walking. In 2013, he established the walking trail, Between Two Seas, aiming to facilitate a personal experience of the threatening transformation of Istanbul for the participants.
Between Two Seas and his other work have been exhibited in various venues including Venice Architectural Biennial, Istanbul Biennial, Helsinki Photography Biennial, Mardin Biennial, Sinop Biennial and Thessaloniki Photography Biennale as well as SALT, MAXXI, MuCEM, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, St.Petersburg Russian National Centre of Photography and Malmö Museum.
Serkan Taycan completed his MFA degree in Visual Arts at Sabancı University, Istanbul and in Photography at Aalto University, Helsinki.
Currently, he is teaching as a part-time faculty member at Bilgi and Bahçeşehir Universities in Istanbul. In the past, he gave lectures, practice seminars, and led workshops at Iceland Academy of the Arts (Reykjavík), Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology (Bangalore) and Leeds Arts University. He held artist residencies at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 2015 and at Delfina Foundation, London, in 2016.

Initiator of Between Two Seas
Co-founder of Reccollective
Member of Bandrolsüz

• Graduate 2011-2014 / Visual Arts, Sabancı University, Istanbul, TR &
Photography, Aalto University, Helsinki, FI
• Masterclass on Documentary Photography 2004 Nordens Fotoskola, Grant by Swedish Institute
• Undergraduate 1997-2003 Yıldız Technical University, Civil Engineering

Selected Personal Exhibitions
• HydroLab Attica
2018 Geometries, Athens, GR
• HydroLab Mesopotamia
2018 Mardin Biennial, Mardin, TR
• HydroLab Cappadocia
2017 Cappadox - Hacı Nuri Bey Mansion, Avanos, TR
• Agora
2015 Pilot gallery, Istanbul, TR
2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture / Pavilion of Turkey, IT
• Tarzan Kemal trail
2014 Sinopale–International Sinop Biennial, Sinop, TR
• Tumulus
2017 Connectivities, MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations) Marseille, FR
2016 A Particular Scenario, scenario I / Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam, NL
2014 Helsinki Photography Biennial - The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, FI
• Between Two Seas
2013 - 13th Istanbul Biennial, Galata Greek Primary School, Istanbul, TR
• Shell
2013 Elipsis Gallery, İstanbul, TR
• Tourist Information Rotterdam-Istanbul
2012 Perplekcity, 311artworks, Istanbul, TR
• Ex:change, Istanbul – Marseille: the industrial heritage
2011 Hamursuz Fırını, İstanbul, TR
• Habitat
2010 Bursa Photofest, Bursa, TR
2010 Rencontres de la jeune Photographie internationale, Niort, FR
2010 Thessaloniki Photo Biennale, Thessaloniki, GR
2009 SCOOP Festival, Angers, FR
2009 Elipsis Gallery, İstanbul, TR
2009 Promenades Photographiques, Vendome, FR
• Back Street
2008 UFAT Photo Festival, Bursa, TR
2008 Yıldız Photography Fest, Istanbul, TR
• Europe?
2006 UFAT Photo Festival, Bursa, TR
2005 9th International Istanbul Biennial Hospitality Zone, Istanbul, TR
• Young; Me
2003 Yıldız Photography Fest, Istanbul, TR

Selected Group Exhibitions
• There was a world, once, you punk
2016 Blok Art Space, Istanbul, TR
• Wider den Grautönen
2016 Pasinger Fabrik, München, DE
• Les glaneurs et Les glaneuses
2016 Versus Art Project, İstanbul, TR
• A Particular Scenario, scenario I
2016 Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam, NL
• Habitat
2016 Istanbul Museum of Modern Art,İstanbul, TR
• İstanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury
2015 MAXXI, Rome, IT
• Marx 2.0
2015 Adahan Istanbul, Istanbul, TR
• Every Inclusion is an Exclusion of Other Possibilities
2015 SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul, TR
• Printed’15
2015 Mixer, Istanbul, TR
• Our Wounds Our Balads
2015 art ON, Istanbul, TR
• Growing up in a Growing Metropolis
2014 Studio-X, Istanbul, TR
• Book Lab Exhibition, In collaboration with Frederick Lezmi
2013 Poligon Gallery, Istanbul, TR
• Akbank Contemporary Artists Prize 2013
2012 Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, TR
• Theseventhofnovembertwothousandtwelve – Full Art Prize
2012 Hasköy Yarn Factory, Istanbul, TR
• ‘Shared’,
2012 5533, Istanbul, TR
• Ali'nin Koço'su
2012 Milli Reasürans Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, TR
• The Impossible Space
2011 RecCollective, Han 38, Istanbul, TR
• Variations - Emerging photography from Turkey
2011 Photomed, Mediterranean Photography Festival, Sanary-Sur-Mer, FR
• Carte blanche
2010 Le Moulin du Roc, Niort, FR
• Not a Lens but a Prism – European Tracks on Photography
2010 Eugenio de Almeida Forum, Evora, PT
• Lives and Works in Istanbul
2010 Curator: Victor Burgin / Sanat Limanı, Istanbul, TR
• EXPOSED: Critical Mass 2009
2010 Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, USA
• Neighbourhood
2009 GAPO, Tuzla & Kartal & Eyüp Cultural centers, İstanbul, TR
• Under Construction
2009 Hayaka Artı, Istanbul,TR
• Editions I
2009 Elipsis Gallery, Istanbul, TR
• Kargaşa 8
2008 KargART Gallery / Istanbul, TR
• Narratives From The Private
2008 Malmö Museum, Malmö, SE
• Be a realist, demand the impossible!
2007 Karşı Art Center, Istanbul, TR
• Fanus
2006 IFSAK 1st International Istanbul Biennial of Photography Istanbul, TR
• Young Photography from Turkey
2006 Russian National Centre of Photography
• Young Talents in Turkish Photography v.02
2004 Istanbul Photography Center, Istanbul, TR
2004 Izmir K2 Art Gallery, Istanbul, TR

• A Wall of Water, 2018 (5’.48’’)
• In Beetween. Short Documentary, 2012 (6’.55’’)

• Nominee - Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017
• FUAM Istanbul Photobook Festival Best Dummy Book Award 2016
• Shortlisted for the Akbank Contemporary Artists Prize 2013
• Shortlisted for the FullArt Prize 2012
• PhotoLucida/Critical Mass Top 50, 2009
• 3. International Photobook Festival, Kassel, 2010 - Photobook Dummy Award jury selection
• Young Talents in Turkish Photography, Geniş Açı photography magazine, 2004

Works in collections:
• Thessaloniki Photography Museum, İstanbul Museum of Modern Art, Borusan Contemporary museum, Various private collections

Books & Catalogues
• Agora #04, artist book, RecCollective, 2017
• Tumulus, Booklet, Helsinki Photography Biennial publication,2014
• Between Two Seas, Guide/map, 2013
• Shell, Exhibition catalogue/map ,2013
• Ex:change, Istanbul – Marseille: the industrial heritage. Project Book. CEKUL Publications, 2011
• Homeland, Exhibition catalogue, Sept.2009

Grants and Scholarships
• Grant from the Swedish Institute Artist Support Programme, Summer 2004

• Delfina Foundation, The Politics of Food program, London, 2016, SAHA Grant
• Cité internationale des Arts,Paris, 2015
• Rencontres de la jeune Photographie internationale, Niort - France - 2010
• “Amongst Neighbours” project – Berlin – 2009

Workshops, Lectures & Presentations
• Is Geography Destiny? (with Eda Özel); Nesin Art Village (NAV)- Selçuk, Turkey – 2018
• Searching for water; HydroLab Bangalore- Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology - 2017
• Searching for water; HydroLab Reykyavik - Iceland Academy of the Arts - 2017
• Searching for water; Nesin Art Village (NAV)- Selçuk, Turkey – 2017
• BAK: Revealing the City through Memory, İzmir, Gaziantep and Diyarbakır workshops, Anadolu Kültür -2016
• Leeds College of Art - Visiting Professional– 2017
• "Between Two Seas” Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris-Malaquais – 2015
• "On Walking…" Akbank Sanat - 2015
• "Between Two Seas” Sao Paulo Biennial – 2014
• "Between Two Seas” TEDxReset, Istanbul 2014
• "Between Two Seas” Bilgi University, Istanbul 2014
• "Urban Transformation and Arts” Sabancı University, Istanbul 2013
• "Contemporary Photography” İstanbul Ünifotofest – 2012
• “Photography & Expression” Çanakkale 18 Mart University –Çanakkale –2011
• "What can we see in İstanbul's industrial heritage?"- SALT - İstanbul - 2010
• “Personal photography” Neue Schule für Fotografie– Berlin – 2009

Walking workshops (Between Two Seas)
• University of Minnesota School of Architecture, 2016
• KTH Royal Institute of Technology- Sustainable Urban Planning and Design, 2015
• Harvard University Graduate School of Design Mellon Urban Initiative, 2015
• ENSA Paris-Malaquais School of architecture, 2015
• Bergen School of Architecture, 2014

Professional Experience
2015 – Present Part-time Lecturer,
- Bilgi University - Department of Arts and Cultural Management
City, Urban Culture and the Arts, CAM 422
- Bahçeşehir University - Photography and Video Department
Architectural and Landscape Photography, POV2523
2004 – Present Freelance Artist & Photographer (Architecture & landscape photography)
2011-2013 Teaching Assistant (Sabancı University, Visual arts and Visual Communication Design)
2004-2006 Photography editor / Photojournalist - Radikal newspaper
2003-2004 Assistant Curator at the Photography Gallery - Istanbul Modern Museum
2002-2004 Producer (Exhibitions and concerts)

• Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, MoMA publications, 2015
• Impossible Space, Exhibition catalogue,2011
• Not a Lens but a Prism, Exhibition catalogue,2010
• Carte blanche, Exhibition catalogue, Sept.2010
• Imago Magazine, winter 2009 issue - Homeland
• Images Magazine, No:35, July 2009 – Homeland
• Intercultural Dialogue, Project book,2009
• Portraits, Mag Magazine, Digital Art, February 2009
• Young; Me, Geniş Aci Magazine, Special Issue 2, June 2004