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Photography (MA)

Gülce Tulçalı

Gülce is a visual artist based in London from Izmir, Turkey. Recent exhibitions include Everything the same, Everything a little different, and the installation Birthmarks.


BA Universita Bocconi 

MA Photography

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School of Arts & Humanities

Photography (MA)

Growing up in Turkey, and then leaving for the most of my adult life, the culture of the veil, what it means, the endless possibilities of creating a visual language around it, obsessed me. The more complex the conversation got, the more I was aware of the dualities within the argument of freedom around the veil, which is represented as “doubles” in my photographic work. Most importantly, I came to realize that it has the potential to create a space for a lost conversation between two different women; secular and religious. 

I am interested in visual culture, both as a nurturer of political circumstances and as a remedy. From cinema to a digital image circulating on the Internet, I create narratives that recenter citizen-state dynamics focusing on women and their place in society. All the storytelling I create is a way of navigating the world as a sensitive human being, longing for social justice. 

Recently COVID has brought increased regulations, the reintroduction of curfews, bio-tracking, facial recognition, and general heightened surveillance; everyone is polarized in binary terms. The capitalist prerogative of this technology, compounded by this period of urgency, hurts minorities and marginalized communities who live in surveillance more than others. The question of ‘what it means to have a female body within an authoritarian state?’ finally becomes ‘what does it mean to have a female body within authoritarian technologies?’ for me and for everyone else. 

London, 202X — Photograph Silver-Gelatin print (50 x 70 cm)

Eye, not-I — Photograph C- Type print (50 x 70 cm)

I, not-I — Photograph, Silver- Gelatin print (20 x 25 cm)

Untitled, 2020 — Photograph C-type Print, (20x 25 cm)

White Swan — Photograph C-Type print, (40 x 50 cm)

"Yes, the swans. White swans moving across a mirror of jade and jet- a breathing mirror that heaved and trembled, so that their silvery images were forever breaking and coming together again, disintegrating and being made whole."

-Aldous Huxley, The Island

Dual Form — Silver Gelatin Print, (40 x 50 cm)

Over Izmir — Darkroom collage, Silver-Gelatin print, (20x 25 cm)

Milk and Middle East, film still, 2019

Milk and Middle East

Here — CCTV camera caption

Gone — CCTV camera caption

18 July 2020
10:00 (GMT + 0)

On Object, Histories and Futures

Discussion from alternate realities and historic narratives to the ontology of the photograph.
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