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Biography

Elif Sezen is an Australian-Turkish interdisciplinary visual artist, bilingual writer and poet. She recently received her Doctorate 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). She lives and works in Melbourne.

Elif's interdisciplinary practice evolves through various media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, print media, installation, 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.







 Awards

2012- Shortlisted for finalist consideration in the 61st Blake Prize, 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

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-‘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 Directors’ 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: An Interdisciplinary Event, Monash University- Caulfield Campus-Faculty of Art Design & Architecture, 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 exhibition, Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul


Presentations

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