past exhibition

Tranquil Garden

Hasan Deniz is known for his acclaimed series of photographs where he records spaces that are exempt from human beings and temporal references. In Tranquil Garden he presents photographs taken at European zoos. The architectural buildings designed by people for animals represent unique chronotopes within the settings that Deniz choose to provide. In the images by Deniz; cages, nests, little islands or gardens with artificially controlled climate conditions built both as living spaces as much as theatrical stages point to the human motives for collect and contain. The series of photographs mostly taken in continental zoos that assumed their main characteristics in mid-20th century involve rich and wry ways of subverting the methods of architectural and documentary photography. Hence, Deniz's photographs reveal a subtle manifestation of the relation between human and nature and uncovers the essential aspects of the Modernist traditions for rule and denial inherent in this relation.


Hasan Deniz


12.01.2017 - 18.02.2017

Hasan Deniz is born in Istanbul in 1972. He first finished Galatasaray High School and then studied Cinema and Television at the Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts in Istanbul. In 1996, his movie Djin was awarded as the best experimental short film at Adana International Film Festival. He started photography during the years of his high school education and professionally worked for prestigious national newspapers and magazines since then, whilst taking part at group exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. His first solo show Alte Liebe took place  at Milli Reasürans Art Gallery in Istanbul in 2014. Tranquil Garden is his second one-person exhibition. Hasan Deniz lives and works in Istanbul.