Artist Talk: Didem Pekün
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In this talk Didem Pekün will present her practice encompassing 15 years with 5 films and the various artist research methods she employs in them. Starting with her practice-based PhD at Visual Cultures – Goldsmiths that focused on first person filmmaking in Turkey, she will then move onto her two films on Bosnian War (Araf – 2018, Disturbed Earth – 2021) and will end with her latest film in progress, preliminarily titled Dancing Home – Istanbul. In tracing these films she will attempt to draw a picture of her personal artistic research method which she calls “context responsive” practice.
Didem Pekün (1978, Istanbul) is an artist-filmmaker and academic based in Istanbul and Berlin. Both in her education and her approach as an artist and educator, Pekün’s work is marked by a combination of theory and practice. As such, parallel to her research she has made several films that tackle questions of political violence, displacement and their myriad intersections. A recent turn in her practice is from ‘history’ to ‘future’. Currently she is working on a short film as well as a pedagogical platform both aiming to repair the future. Pekün received her BA (Hons) Music from SOAS and holds an MA and an artistic research PhD from Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths. She is a co-founder of Center for Spatial Justice Foundation in Istanbul. She has taught in several universities, including Bilgi-, Sabancı-, Koç- and Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Central European University in Budapest and guesting internationally from Oslo Art Academy to DAI Arnheim and the *foundationClass at Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. She has held a postdoc fellowship at Institute of Advanced Studies – CEU, a fellow at Visual Cultures – Goldsmiths, at Graduiertenschule – UdK Berlin, and is currently one of the recipients of a grant by Berlin Artistic Research Program funded by the Berlin Senate.
Der Vortrag ist Teil der Veranstaltungsreihe ›Studio, Art and Research‹ und findet hybrid im Labor für Kunst und Forschung statt.
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