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b. 1981, Turkey

Elmas Deniz Biography

Elmas Deniz is a concept-driven visual artist. Her works investigate the intersections and points of entanglement between economics and nature. The capitalism-led deterioration of nature, and our perception of it, as well as the related consumerist culture, are the central concepts in Deniz's practice. She questions how the economic system continuously reshapes our perception through subtle but consistent manipulations. She sheds light on the illusional distribution of value. Deniz, further focuses on the human-nature relationship, the idea of nature throughout history, and ecological concerns. Her works critically expose the faults of the system and occasionally propose alternative possibilities. Form-content interplay, the attempts to adapt the form to the concept, defines her choices. She hence consults a wide range of media, including installation, sculpture, video, drawing, and writings.

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Elmas Deniz (1981, Bergama, Turkey) lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. Her most recent solo exhibitions include: Integration with Nature (Açıkekran New Media Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2019 - Upcoming), A Year Without a Summer (PİLOT, Istanbul, Turkey, 2018), Seeing the Black Panther (PİLOT, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014), Universal Minimum Wage Commission (SVILOVA, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2014) and Elmas (Maçka Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012). Her selected group exhibitions include: Re/Evolution (Colombo Old Terminus Station, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2017), VIDEO FOREVER (Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France, 2016), TILL IT'S GONE (Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey, 2016), 14th Istanbul Biennial, SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms (Istanbul, Turkey, 2015), WE ARE HERE BeCAUSE YOU WERE/ARE (t)HERE (studio das weisse haus, Vienna, Austria, 2014), Unrest of Form (SECESSION/Museumsquartier, Vienna, Austria, 2013). She is also one of the co-founders of K2 Contemporary Art Center in Izmir, Turkey. Deniz's works are part of several public and private collections including Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection.

Elmas Deniz Featured Artworks

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History of a particular nameless creek (Pinna Nobilis) by Elmas Deniz contemporary artwork sculpture
Elmas DenizHistory of a particular nameless creek (Pinna Nobilis), 2019Pinna Nobilis shells
96 x 73 cm
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Human-less by Elmas Deniz contemporary artwork moving image
Elmas DenizHuman-less, 2015HD DVD Video, colour and sound, 6'11"
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The tree I want to buy by Elmas Deniz contemporary artwork moving image
Elmas DenizThe tree I want to buy, 2014HD DVD Video, colour and sound 4'55"
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The Camera Trap of Inequalities by Elmas Deniz contemporary artwork sculpture
Elmas DenizThe Camera Trap of Inequalities, 2019Multimedia installation, motion detector, camera trap, screen and disclaimer text
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Revival of Beauty by Elmas Deniz contemporary artwork painting
Elmas DenizRevival of Beauty, 2019Acrylic on canvas
66 x 104 cm
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The Moment of Glimpse ('Insignificants') by Elmas Deniz contemporary artwork mixed media
Elmas DenizThe Moment of Glimpse ('Insignificants'), 2019Objects in frames
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Eluding 'humans' (Badger) by Elmas Deniz contemporary artwork moving image
Elmas DenizEluding 'humans' (Badger), 2019Lightbox
52 x 35 cm
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Eluding 'humans' (Wild Boar) by Elmas Deniz contemporary artwork moving image
Elmas DenizEluding 'humans' (Wild Boar), 2019Lightbox
38 x 64 cm
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Elmas Deniz Recent Exhibitions

Elmas Deniz Represented By

Zilberman Gallery contemporary art gallery in Istanbul, Turkey Zilberman Gallery Berlin, Istanbul
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