Duygu Nazli Akova
3'11'' video comp. b&w
2016 | Istanbul, Turkey
Punto y Raya Festival 2016

In Greek mythology, during the chaotic times of the first godly beings before the Cosmos was formed, Gyes was one of the three sons of Gaia and Uranus, and had one hundred arms and fifty heads.

Gyes is the first in this videoart trilogy representing three giants of mythology: Gyes (terror), Kottos (anger) and Brianos (strength). Gyes is present in the world on a major scale, represented in Turkey -especially in Istanbul- as the horrific image of urban transformation, where unjust living conditions have been reached. 

The terrifying images of new living spaces are part of this utopic world, seeked to be created through the process of modernization, and turning into the fantastic dystopic hero Gyes, which has the scary potential of taking over the world.


This video uses an experimental language, switching the traditional horizontal video format for a vertical design. The framing and viewpoint aim to create an illusion. Reality is broken into this new form created with documentary footage, where micro human figures move at a rapid pace, mirroring the speed of the world in which we live in, and creating a façade of time.

The soundtrack is an original mixture of sounds.

Duygu Nazli Akova
Duygu Nazli Akova
> Director

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 At its core, she works with real elements like historical documents, archival imagery, cultural research or found footage images, like television broadcasts, video, news photographs, family albums or documentary footage she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.

Lives in Istanbul, Turkey.   +info