Education

Işık Kaya

2021 MFA in Visual Arts, University of California San Diego

2014 BA in Photography and Video, Istanbul Bilgi University (Full Scholarship)

2007 Tarsus American High School

Thomas Georg Blank 

2019 Diplom (MFA) from AdBK Karlsruhe 

2018 - 2019 Visiting Grad at UC San Diego / Center for Human Imagination

2017 - 2018 AdBK Karlsruhe with Prof. Markus Vater 

2016 ENPEG La Esmeralda Mexico City with Gustavo Artigas 

2013-2016 AdBK Karlsruhe with Prof. Silvia Bächli 

2010-2013 BA Cultural and Media Education at Hochschule Merseburg



Selected Exhibitions

2022

‘ATHENS PHOTO FESTIVAL, Benaki Museum / Pireos 138, Athens, Greece (forthcoming)

‘FAKE PLASTIC FOREST’, Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio, TX, USA (forthcoming)

‘MESNOGRAPHIES EDITION #2’, Parc Municipal des Mesnuls, Les Mesnuls, France (forthcoming)

‘ÉCLAIRAGE PUBLIC’, Le 109, Nice, France (forthcoming)

‘PHOTOPOLIS: STAGING THE REAL’, Agrinio Photo Festival, Agrinio, Greece (forthcoming)

‘SECOND NATURE’, Windmill Gallery, Las Vegas, NV, USA

2021

‘VON MÖGLICHEN WELTEN’, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland

‘RESISTING PERMANENCE’, Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France

‘LISHUI PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL’, Lishui Art Museum, Lishui, China

‘VANTAGE POINT SHARJAH 9′, Sharjah Art Foundation Al Hamriyah Studios, Sharjah, UAE

‘BERLIN PHOTO WEEK’, Urban Banks Berlin, Germany

‘MEASUREMENTS OF PROGRESS’, San Diego Art Institute (ICA San Diego), San Diego, USA

‘CRUDE’, Main Gallery UCSD, San Diego, USA

‘DES HERBES FOLLES’, CEAAC, Strasbourg, France

‘PRIX LEVALLOIS’, Théâtre La Passerelle, Gap, France

‘NATIONAL COMPETITION’ (Juror: Kris Graves), Soho Photo Gallery, New York, USA

2020

‘EARTH PHOTO’, Royal Geographical Society, London, UK

‘DIE DIGITALE DÜSSELDORF’, Weltkunstzimmer, Düsseldorf, Germany

‘SOLO SHOW’, Kunstkraftwerk, Leipzig, Germany

‘PRIX LEVALLOIS’, Galerie de L’Escale, Levallois-Perret, France

‘SOCIAL’, CICA Museum, Gimpo, Korea

‘BEGEHUNGEN’, Kaufhalle, Chemnitz, Germany

‘LA VITA DELL’ARTE’, A60 Contemporary Art Space, Italy

‘OPEN STUDIOS EXHIBITION’, UCSD Main Gallery, San Diego, USA

2019

‘HELMPFLICHT’, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

‘MONUMENTS’, UCSD Commons Gallery, San Diego, USA

‘MAGIC SPRINGS IN A PLANETARY GARDEN’, After 1920, San Diego, USA


Awards

PHOTO LUCIDA CRITICAL MASS, Top 50 (2021)

VANTAGE POINT SHARJAH 9, Winner (2021)

DAVID ANTIN PRIZE, Winner (2021)

BARTUR PHOTO AWARD, Judges Choice (2021)

PHMUSEUM PHOTOGRAPHY GRANT, Shortlisted (2021)

BELFAST PHOTO FESTIVAL, Highly Commended (2021)

GOMMA GRANT, First Prize (2020)

PRIX LEVALLOIS, Audience Award (2020)

VIENNA INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARD, Honorable Mention (2020)

PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS PX3, Honorable Mention (2020)

TEXAS PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, ‘New Visions’, Honorable Mention (2020)

EARTH PHOTO, Finalist (2020)

PERTH CLIP AWARD, Finalist (2020)

RUSSELL FOUNDATION GRANT, Awardee (2020)

UC SAN DIEGO INSTITUTE OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES, Graduate Summer Research Fellowship (2020)


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