Brave New Turkey (Ongoing)
Where Is Home?
Feelings of Persecution




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Copyright Zilan İmşik © All rights reserved.


I was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1996. I’m a visual artist currently undertaking a masters in documentary photography at UAL. My work explores themes of identity, violence and memory.

I am a member of Diversify Photo Up Next Photographers.

Awards & Grants

Prince Claus Seeds Awards Recipient; Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2021

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

International Photography Grant Finalist; USA, 2020

Group Exhibition

Safe House, London (UK), 2022

Karl & Ein Gallery, Istanbul (Turkey), 2019

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

Activa, CMAE, Aviles (Spain), 2017

Workshops & Residency

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


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


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

Istanbul Bilgi University, Film and Tv. 2014-2018