Gökhan Tanrıöver | Back Garden Mosque
The Artist's Statement
My current artistic practice is rooted in an examination of how I can gain deeper self-knowledge, by linking my childhood memories - and my recollection of them - to my current thoughts and behaviours. The expression or performance of my identity is informed by these memories: those that are recalled and those that remain hidden below the surface.
Confessionals is a series of analogue still-life photographs rooted in my autobiographical memory. The studio and the darkroom serve as the physical space where a meditative state facilitates a form of auto-therapy. The accessed childhood memories, first voiced as a textual confession, are used to construct an image as a method of enriching my understanding of the self.
The minimalist composition is constructed in the studio and then photographed with black and white film, using a 35mm camera. Split-grade printing and local adjustments in the darkroom allowed more control in developing the tonal range of the print. The negative is then scanned and adjusted to match the silver gelatin print.
Gökhan Tanrıöver is a Turkish-born photographic artist based in London.Following a brief medical career he dedicates his time to visual culture using both analog and digital photography. Drawing on his training as a junior psychiatrist, his work consists of constructed imagery that focuses on personal and cultural identity, informed by personal experience and memory.
After completing his BA (Hons) Photographic Arts in 2017 at the University of Westminster, he has been shortlisted for the Peaches and Cream Photography Competition 2017 and selected as a finalist in the Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition 160. He has taken part in 18 group shows including Separation and Belonging, which he co-curated as part of Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursdays walking tour in May 2016.
He is currently pursuing his MA Photography at the Royal College of Art and preparing for his debut solo exhibition at Argentea Gallery, Birmingham in May 2018.