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Elif Sezen is an Australian-Turkish multidisciplinary visual artist, bilingual writer and poet. She recently received her PhD in Fine Art from Monash University (2014). She studied Painting in Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Fine Arts (2004); she obtained her M.A. in Sculpture from the same University (2007). Elif also holds a diploma in Art Therapy. She is interested in facilitating therapeutic art-making workshops in community settings. She lives and works in Melbourne.

Elif's multidisciplinary practice evolves through various media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, print media, installation, performance, digital media, artist's books and poetry. In her work she speculates upon reconceptualising memory traces emerging from familial/personal/collective trauma and loss. This explorative process leads her to rather a restorative and even a celebrative notion of self-construction, desire, longing and a sense of homecoming.

Recently featured in:

2018– Elif’s work on a collective performance featured in Contemporary Performance Almanac 2018

2016–Elif’s poetry, visual works and essay featured in University of Edinburgh’s Dangerous Women Project: http://dangerouswomenproject.org/2016/12/26/camille-claudel-the-dangerous-french-sculptor/

April-May 2015 – Elif was featured in Melbourne Magazine as a cover artist, by City of Melbourne: https://issuu.com/cityofmelbourne/docs/melbournemag_aprilmay15_issuu She was also interviewed by SYN Radio in April 2015 regarding the same interdisciplinary exhibition on Gallipoli: http://syn.org.au/interview-elif-sezen-on-gelibolu/


2020- Finalist in John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Melbourne

2020- Finalist in Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham Art Gallery, Melbourne

2020- Finalist in Tom Bass Sculpture Prize, Juniper Hall, Sydney

2019- Finalist in Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize, Noosa Regional Gallery, Queensland

2018- Co-winner of 'People's Choice Award', Moreland Summer Show, Counihan Gallery in Brunswick

2018- Honorable mention in Literature, Yunus Emre Awards 2018 Australia, Melbourne

2013- Research Publications Grant Scheme, Monash University, Melbourne

2012- Shortlisted for the 61st Blake Prize (Director's Cut exhibition), Sydney

2010- Shortlisted for the Avni Olez Poetry Prize 2010 in Turkish Literature, Ankara

2005- Achievement Award in Familiarizing with the Art and Culture of Europe Project, Art exhibition titled Multicultural Identity: Cultural Heritage, Art, Image, financed by the European Union, Centre of Contemporary Arts and Culture, Ankara

2002- Second Prize in the Human Rights Photography Award, held by Human Rights Presidency, Ankara

Selected Exhibitions

2020- Tom Bass Sculpture Prize, group exhibition, Juniper Hall, Sydney

2019- Holy, Honest Confluences, group exhibition (curated by Dr Rebekah Pryor), ACU Gallery, Melbourne. Exhibition catalogue available through this link: https://files.pixpa.com/25126/1575426945742-8070.pdf

2019- Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize, group exhibition, Noosa Regional Gallery, Queensland

2019- Language and Liberty, Moreland Summer Show group exhibition, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne

2019- The Second Homecoming, Solo exhibition, Counihan Gallery in Brunswick

2019 – Love Letters to Feminisms, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne

2018- Osten Biennial of Drawing Skopje 2018, Macedonia

2018- Peace and the Pursuit of Happiness, Moreland Summer Show group exhibition, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne

2018- The Morris Art Prize exhibition, Carrara Markets, Queensland

2018-Face to Face – Group exhibition, BlackCat Gallery, Melbourne

2017- AMA 2017 - Group exhibition, Islamic Museum of Australia, Melbourne

2015-2016 –Projection of Elif Sezen’s poem took place in the New Year’s Eve at Bracka Street, in the context of ‘Poems on the Walls’ project of e-multi poetry event, Cracow – Poland

2015- A Single Grain of Rice, International small-format art show, Gallery Metanoia, Paris

2015- Gelibolu: A Turkish-Australian Perspective on Gallipoli, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne

2014-Speak Out: Moreland Summer Show, Group exhibition, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

2013- Night Watch, Elif Sezen's PhD solo exhibition, MADA Gallery, Monash University, Caulfield

2013- Projections13- A World Congress on Communication & Arts Exhibition, Deakin University, Melbourne

2013- Blake Prize Director's Cut Exhibition, featuring works by artists shortlisted for the 61st Blake Prize, Organized by the Blake Society Ltd., Sydney

2012- Out of Place: An Ongoing Archive, Organized by 22:37 & Berlinerpool, Corpo 6 Gallery, Berlin

2012- Library Thoughts-2, Budapest exhibition, Curator: Beata Szechy – HMC (Hungarian Multicultural Centre ), Budapest

2011 & 2012- Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Melbourne

2009- Venice Biennial, Poetic Network: ‘Save the Poetry’, Collective online Poetry performance (Curator: Caterina Davinio), Italy

2008- Out of Bounds: Art, Faith and Religiosity, An Interdisciplinary Event, Monash University, Melbourne

2008- Convergence, Group Exhibition, Shifted Gallery, Richmond

2007- Contemporary Turkish Arts in Australia, group exhibition, Nussinov Art Gallery, Redfern-Sydney

2007-Two Perspectives in Print, Print media group exhibition, Project Art Gallery, Wollongong

2007- Painting/Print media solo exhibition, Turkey Is Bank Art Gallery, Izmir

2006- 4th International Student Triennial, University of Marmara, Istanbul

2004- New Proposals-New Propositions 12, Group exhibition, Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul


2008- Poetry and the Trace: An International Conference, Victoria State Library, Melbourne

2008- Missing Persons: An Interdisciplinary Conference for Postgraduates, University of Western Sydney, Sydney