Şener Yılmaz Aslan’s work focuses on different methods of documentation. He documents human rights violations including the rights of workers, refugees, women and LGBTQIA+ people. In this practise he deals with topics such as social class contradictions, urban paradoxes and the mechanisms of discrimination. The artist uses photography and its potential to portray reality as a way to refresh society’s memory. 
Aslan (°1986) was born in a remote village of Malatya in Eastern Turkey. He first studied computer programming in Mersin and afterwards Industrial Design and Photography in Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty in Istanbul. In 2020 he moved to Marseille, France to continue his work there.
His remarkable and newsworthy photographs were published by international media outlets such as Paris Match, Vice, The Guardian, BBC, The Telegraph and SoccerBible through the Paris based agency Sipa Press. His work was also exhibited in the streets of Amsterdam as part of the Pride Photo Award and at Akbank Art Gallery, Zilberman Art Gallery and Yapıkredi Art Gallery in the famous Istiklal Street in Istanbul. Aslan got selected to exhibit his work by art competitions such as Young Fresh Different, Akbank Contemporary Artists, Mamut Art Project and Rotary Art.


Selected Group Exhibitions


2021 
"Akbank Contemporary Artists Prize Exhibition", Istanbul

Curator: Murat Tabanlıoğlu

2021
"Pride Photo Award",  Outdoor Exhibition in different places, Amsterdam

Curator: Michael Bruinvels

2020
"Hic Boyun Eger mi Insan?", Nazim Hikmet Cultural Center, Istanbul

Curator: Fırat Arapoğlu

2019
"Winter Is Coming", Merdiven Art Space, Istanbul

Curator: Hakan Çarmıklı 

2019
"Fermantation", Karşı Sanat Çalışmaları, Istanbul
Curator: Artists of the Exhibition

2019
"There It Was", Daire Art Gallery, İstanbul
Curator: Yaren Akbal


2018
"Experience", Tüyap Artist 2018, İstanbul 

Curator: Ezgi Bakçay

2018
"Young, Fresh, Different IX", Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul 

Curator: Çelenk Bafra

2018
"Complex Plane",  Merkur Gallery, Istanbul 
Curator: Ipek Yeginsu


2017
"Helix", A Selection From Yapi Kredi Collections, Istanbul 
Curator: Necmi Sönmez


2016
“Mamut Art Project”, KüçükÇiftlik Park, Istanbul


2014
“I am Better Than Tomorrow”, Hayaka Artı Gallery, Istanbul. 
Curator: Ferhat Özgür


2014
“Gezi Opposition Movement” Krytyka Polityczna, Cieszyn, Poland


2014
“Rotary Sanat Contest Exhibition”, Elgiz Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul 













Education
 


2021 – Actual            
Aix-en-Provence School of Art in France,   Art (Postgraduate)

2018 – Actual           
Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University,   Photography (Postgraduate)

2009 – 2014               
Marmara University, Fine Arts,   Photography (Bachelor's Degree)

2007 – 2012                
Marmara University, Fine Arts,   Industrial Design (Bachelor's Degree)

2004 – 2006             
Mersin University,   Computer Programing (Associate Degree)


Awards

2021     
“Akbank Contemporary Artists Prize”, Istanbul
 Jury: Agah Uğur, Leyla Alaton, Murat Tabanlıoğlu, Saruhan Doğan, Gönül Nuhoğlu, Derya Bigalı

2021       
“Pride Photo Award”, Amsterdam
Jury: Bertan Selim, Viviane Sassen, Micha Bruinvels, Jessica Gysel, Arthur Kibbelaar

2020       
“New Searches Photography Contest”, Mimar Sinan Art University, Istanbul

2018       
"Young, Fresh, Different IX", Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul
 Jury: Çelenk Bafra, Elizabeth Markevitch, Burçak Bingöl, Ayşe Umur, Naz Cuguoğlu

2016       
“Mamut Art Projects Contest”, KüçükÇiftlik Park, Istanbul
Jury: Erinç Seymen, Ali Şimşek, Fatoş Üstek, Banu Gündoğdu, Ömer M. Koç

2014   
“Rotary Art Contest”, Elgiz Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul
Jury: Ayşegül Sönmez, Başak Şenova, Can Elgiz


Participated Workshops

2018      
Kazuma Obara, Finding Your Own Way of Storytelling, FUAM, Istanbul

2013     
Alessio Romenzi, Photojournalism, World Press Photo, Istanbul


2012      
Samuel Aranda, Photojournalism, World Press Photo, Istanbul

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