Duygu Nazli Akova
1981 | Istanbul, Turkey.
Duygu Nazlı Akova is an artist and researcher based in Istanbul. She got her master degree from Marmara University, Institute of Fine Arts, with a thesis entitled “Reality of War Photography”. She is currently working on her Ph.D. thesis at Yıldız Technical University, Department of Art and Design. Since 2006 she is also working as a teaching assistant at the University, Department of Communication Design, as she keeps researching and developing her own works.
As an artist, her work aims to create a dialogue rooted in critical discourse and focused on political authority and social issues, through the use of photography, video and installation. By using experimental languages centered on the viewer's perception and the plurality of media, she examines issues such as human rights, freedom, social inequality, consumerism, urban life, immigration, media and justice.
She experiments with different hybrid forms by turning found footage, or images which are documentary in nature, into metamorphosized images. At its core, she works with real elements like historical documents, archival imagery, cultural research or found footage images, like television broadcasts, video, news photographs, family albums or documentary footage she shot.
After the manipulation of the visual material, the final form of the piece becomes completely different.