Zilan Imsik was born in Istanbul in 1996. She is a visual artist who is interested in telling stories based around space and landscapes, trying to reveal what spaces hide: the marks and traces of certain histories and the people who occupied them. Her work especially focus on the Kurdish community, and through her practice she often combines various mediums such as photography, video, sound and animation.

She is a member of Diversify Photo Up Next Photographers.


Prince Claus Seeds Awards Recipient; Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2021

The Alexia Student Grant Runner-Up; New York, USA, 2020

International Photography Grant Finalist; USA, 2020


University of Roehampton London - BA Photography, 2022


LCC MA Graduation Show (UK), 2022

Safe House, London (UK), 2022

Karl & Ein Gallery, Istanbul (Turkey), 2019

Base Istanbul, Galata Rum Okulu, Istanbul (Turkey), 2018

Activa, CMAE, Aviles (Spain), 2017


Tbilisi Photo Festival,  Tbilisi (Georgia), 2019

Angkor Photo Festival & Workshop, Siem Reap (Cambodia), 2019

Scream but Not Cry Film Screening, Sediment Arts, Virginia (USA),  2016


Magnum Photos, How To Be a Working Photographer by Cloe Kerhoas & Emin Ozmen (Full Scholarship), 2021

VII Photo, 12 Weeks Documentary Photography Seminar by Mary Gelman & Maciek Nabrdalik (Full Scholarship), 2021

Angkor Photo Workshop by Sohrab Hura & Antoine d'Agata, Siem Reap (Cambodia) (Full Scholarship), 2019

Studio Vortex Artist Residency by Antoine d'Agata, Arles (France), 2019


University of the Arts, London, MA Documentary Photography, 2021-2022

Istanbul Bilgi University, Film and Tv. 2014-2018