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Born in 1981 in Bergama, Turkey, Deniz lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. Deniz’s concept-driven works investigate the intersections and points of entanglement between economics and nature. She focuses on the human-nature relationship, the idea of nature throughout history, and ecological concerns. The central concepts in her practice are the capitalism-led deterioration of nature, and our perception of it, as well as the related consumerist culture. She questions how the economic system continuously reshapes our perception through subtle but consistent manipulations. She sheds light on the illusional distribution of value; she is interested in loss, extinctions, and geo-history. She consults a wide range of media, including installation, sculpture, video, drawing, and writings.

 

 

www.elmasdeniz.com

Studios taught:

FOR THE LOVE OF THE BEE! ECOLOGICAL AWARENESS AND ART

20 September 2021 - 25 September 2021

This workshop deals with the reciprocal relations of bees, nature and humans and their impact on our living spaces. Taking a closer look at the relationality in nature, the workshop invites you to collectively explore the question ‘what should be the role of human beings in shaping the future?’ We will collaboratively make a poster, which will be formed with the drawings, photographs, collages and short texts of the participants. A copy of the printed poster will be given to the participants at the end of the workshop as a “pollen of knowledge”.

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Art and Ecological Repair

13 September 2021 - 18 September 2021
Permaculture design is the ethical framework for creating sustainable ways of living and developing ecologically harmonious, diverse, resilient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere. Permaculture empowers people to be resourceful and self-reliant. It tackles tangible needs like how to grow food like an ecosystem and intangible human needs like creating communities, and minimizing environmental impact at the same time. This course provides the basic principles of sustainable living and permaculture design. The course is a blended course including classroom sessions, outdoor practice and team collaboration exercises.
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