1978, Turkey.
After his studies of engineering, Serkan Taycan completed a
master class on documentary photography at Nordens Fotoskola, Sweden. He completed his MFA degree in Visual Arts at Sabancı University, Istanbul and in Photography at Aalto University, Helsinki.
In his artistic practice, he focuses on the transformation of urban and
rural spaces, and the physical, social and ecological impact
of this transformation, diverse imaginations and projections
regarding the future and conditions of humanity as part of these
processes. He works primarily with photography and maps, also engages with walking. His work has been exhibited in various biennials and venues, among which: Venice Architectural Biennial, Istanbul Biennial, Helsinki Photography Biennial, Sinop Biennial and Thessaloniki Photography Biennale as well as MAXXI, SALT, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, St.Petersburg Russian National Centre of Photography and Malmö Museum.
He has been resident at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
in 2015 and Delfina Foundation, London in 2016.
Taycan is a member of RecCollective. He lives and works in
Istanbul.

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

Education
• 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
• 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
2014 Helsinki Photography Biennial, Finnish Museum of Photography, 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 5.th Photo Festival, Bursa, TR
2008 Yıldız Photography Fest, Istanbul, TR
• Europe?
2006 UFAT 3.th 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

Films
• In Beetween. Short Documentary, 2012 (6’.55’’)

Awards
• 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
• 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

Residences
• Cité internationale des Arts,Paris, 2015
• Rencontres de la jeune Photographie internationale, Niort - France - 2010
• “Amongst Neighbours” project – Berlin – 2009

Workshops, Lectures & Presentations
• "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

Participated workshops
• Book Lab, Frederic Lezmi, 2013
• Lives and Works in Istanbul - Victor Burgin, 2010
• Documentary Photography Master-Class, Nordens Fotoskola, Sweden, 2004
• Personal Photography, Anders Petersen, 2003
• Street Photography, Alex Webb, 2003

Professional Experience
• 2006 - ... Visual artist
• 2006 - ... Freelance Photographer – Editorials for magazines (Monocle, Wallpaper, Der Spiegel..)
• 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

Publications
• 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